How to Think about Antisemitism
Almost two decades ago, Daniel Goldhagen wrote a book about the holocaust that changed the entire discussion. For the first time, people were forced to consider how everyday Germans influenced the genocide. Since then, he’s written more books on related topics and watched as global antisemitism got worse and worse, publishing, finally, a powerful study called The Devil that Never Dies. On this episode Danny and Jack have a wide-ranging discussion about antisemitism itself, Israel, the use of language to describe Jews, and even Microsoft Word!
Daniel Goldhagen is the author numerous books, including The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism; A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, and the #1 international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, which has been published in fifteen languages, and named by Time one of the two best non-fiction books of 1996 and by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitungas “the most spectacular nonfiction success of this year.” He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a professor in their Government and Social Studies departments until he became an independent scholar. He is currently affiliated with Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.
A written version of the episode’s monologue can be found here.
Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
Weinstein, Jack Russell and Goldhagen, Daniel, "How to Think about Antisemitism" (2014). Why? Radio Podcast Archive. 66.