Beyond the conceivable: studies on Germany, Nazism, and the by Dan Diner

By Dan Diner

The most important essays of Dan Diner, who's commonly learn and quoted in Germany and Israel, are eventually accrued in an English version. They replicate the author's trust that the Holocaust transcends conventional styles of historic realizing and calls for an epistemologically designated technique. it is easy to now not imagine that actors in addition to historians are working within the related conceptual universe, sharing an analogous standards of rational discourse. this can be relatively actual of sufferers and perpetrators, whose stories form the distortions of old narrative in methods frequently diametrically opposed.The essays are divided into 3 teams. the 1st crew talks approximately anti-Semitism within the context of the Thirties and the ideologies that drove the Nazi regime. the second one crew concentrates at the virtually unbelievably diverse perceptions of the "Final Solution," with relatively illuminating discussions of the Judenrat, or Jewish council. The 3rd crew considers the Holocaust because the topic of narrative and old reminiscence. Diner focuses notably on views: the very notions of rationality and irrationality are obvious to be changeable, looking on who's utilising them. and since neither rational nor irrational factors should be universally assigned to individuals within the Holocaust, Diner proposes, from the viewpoint of the sufferers, the belief of the counterrational. His paintings is directed towards constructing a concept of Holocaust historiography and gives, truly and coherently, the top point of mirrored image on those difficulties.

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Possessing ideological origins similar to those of National Socialism, hence some of its features, geopolitics both anticipated that movement and—along with other political and ideological currents—was absorbed into its mainstream. In exploring the historical origins of Karl Haushofer’s geopolitics, we uncover images, metaphors, and particular forms of perception that emerged from a profound social and cultural crisis. Inversely, within that crisis, we perceive a striking mirroring of motifs that threaten to take on renewed 26 KNOWLEDGE OF EXPANSION 27 virulence within disparate contemporary critiques of Western civilization.

63 Japan and the German Reich were meant to work together on the military execution of a campaign of economic plunder: a campaign inevitably coming up against the rules of a world market defined by a principle of 38 POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT exchange and dominated by Anglo-Saxon principles. 66 Equally unfounded is the assumption that the August 1939 agreement between Molotov and Ribbentrop was guided by the notion of the continental block or emerged from its geopolitical premise.

But as Franz Neumann suggests, the base for such a unity might be either the “signing of the nonaggression pact or . . ”69 Within the strict framework of territory-centered, geopolitical considerations, both possibilities were in fact available—and the Nazis tried them out, one directly after the other. ” The Nazi self-limitation on overseas colonies had its source, in part, in Hitler’s pragmatic desire not to make the British into enemies. ” 74 But Hitler did not pursue his continental policy from reflective caution alone.

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