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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 26/07/2011

A late philosophical warrior

The suspected Norwegian attacker Anders Breivik is not a madman but a 20th century philosophical warrior who has arrived late, concludes historian Götz Aly in the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: "In totalitarian, one-dimensional philosophies, political utopias and pseudo-religions, the members of a particular group (a race, religion, class or people) are raised to the top of the human pyramid. The propagandists of such doctrines claimed that the group of supposedly superior people they wooed were homogeneous and therefore functioned harmoniously and were better than everyone else. The seductive rallying cry is: a high degree of internal homogeneity and complete isolation from the outside world. These 'superior' groups saw themselves as under threat from culturally 'inferior' enemies. ... A situation that justifies the use of all means. ... On Friday Breivik launched this - first - phase of what he sees as a battle to save a Christian, Islam-free and Marxism-free Europe."

Die Zeit - Germany | 02/06/2006

Götz Aly on a new approach to history

Twenty years after the German Historikerstreit, historian Götz Aly calls for a more comprehensive analysis of the Holocaust, without relativising the responsibility of the Germans. "With a pinch of Ernst Nolte" (the historian who advanced the highly controversial view that everything the Nazis did, with the exception of mass gassing, had been done before by the Soviets) – but a wider horizon. "The time has come for a complete overhaul of the way we understand the epoch of violent nationalism, and the politics of ethnic segregation, dispossession and annihilation in the 20th century. But new approaches should not, like Nolte in his obsession, begin with the Russian October Revolution, because this only leads to the historically optimistic illusion that the abominable elements of the 20th century can be reduced to totalitarian dictatorships and can therefore be held separate from everything that we perceive as progress and success today. It was, for example, Republican France which drew up the selection criteria which were later applied in the so-called Deutsche Volksliste in the areas of Poland which Germany annexed."

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