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Why the Germans? Why the Jews?

Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust

Götz Aly

Picador

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On August 6, 1806, the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation disappeared from the face of the earth. It had survived for a thousand years, but in the end it collapsed with barely a whimper under the pressure of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Goethe succinctly noted: “Despite everything, [its death] produced a sad sensation in me.” Contemporaries didn’t know it at the time, but they were standing on the threshold of a stormy epoch. Before long, people would be ripped out of the
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    Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust

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