A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2002 - History - 362 pages
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With his first book, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen dramatically revised our understanding of the role ordinary Germans played in the Holocaust. Now he brings his formidable powers of research and argument to bear on the Catholic Church and its complicity in the destruction of European Jewry. What emerges is a work that goes far beyond the familiar inquiries—most of which focus solely on Pope Pius XII—to address an entire history of hatred and persecution that culminated, in some cases, in an active participation in mass-murder.

More than a chronicle, A Moral Reckoning is also an assessment of culpability and a bold attempt at defining what actions the Church must take to repair the harm it did to Jews—and to repair itself. Impressive in its scholarship, rigorous in its ethical focus, the result is a book of lasting importance.

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Slightly mad attempt to blame the holocaust on the Catholic Church OR a valuable investigation of the broad consent required for true evil to take place. I have yet to decide which. It is important ... Read full review

A moral reckoning: the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its unfulfilled duty of repair

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Courting more controversy after Hitler's Willing Executioners, Goldhagen considers the Catholic Church's participation in the Holocaust. Read full review

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Daniel Jonah Goldhagen was awarded Germany’s Democracy Prize for Hitler’s Willing Executioners. Until deciding to devote himself full-time to writing, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen taught political science and social studies for many years at Harvard University.

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