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Can The Holocaust Be Explained?

via Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 14, 2017
The German Mujahidy, by Boualem Sansal

Why the Holocaust? And why the Germans? The classic answer is that Jew-hatred was as German as beer and bratwurst. “From Luther to Hitler,” runs a pat phrase. The Holocaust was embedded in Teutonic DNA, as a classic cliché had it.

But this tale does not withstand scrutiny.

Anti-Semitism was a fixture all over Europe. The ghetto dates back to antiquity. England was judenrein for 400 years. In Spain, the Jews were expelled in 1492. Pogroms were the European routine.

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