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From: EEGG87E@prodigy.com (M Huber)
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism
Subject: Survivors's story decries GOLDHAGEN's
Date: 20 May 1996 12:06:18 GMT

The recent publication of Goldhagens book "Hitler's Willing Executioners..
." is contradicted by the recently purchased (rights) to the _Klemperer 
Journals_, painstakingly written over the Hitler years by a j*wish 
eyewitness:

>From  this week's (May 10) issue of _The Week in
Germany_ (TWIG), which can be found on the Internet at
,
 and :


_Aufbau Publishers Sell U.S. Translation Rights to Klemperer Journals for 
Record Sum_

One of Germany's most talked about recent bestsellers will soon be coming 
to bookstores in the United States. In 1935, Victor Klemperer (1881-1960) 
was forced from his position as a professor of Romance languages in 
Dresden because he was a Jew. He was shortly thereafter deprived of all 
access to the university library, making it impossible for him to carry 
on his scholarly work, so he devoted himself all the more intently to the 
journal he had maintained since 1897. Klemperer avoided deportation and 
the prospect of death in a concentration camp, but, even though he was 
married to a
gentile, he could not escape the civic disenfranchisement of the Jews 
under Nazi rule. The step-by-step exclusion of the Jews from German 
society and the indignities heaped upon them figure prominently in 
Klemperer's journal entries from the years 1933-1945, which were 
published last fall by the
Berlin-based Aufbau Verlag under the title Ich will Zeugnis ablegen bis 
zum letzten ( I Want to Give Witness to the End ). Aufbau announced 
Saturday (May 4) that it had sold the rights for a U.S. edition to Random 
House for approximately DM 840,000 (U.S. $542,000), a record sum for the 
translation
rights to a work originally published in German. Despite their formidable 
bulk (1,700 pages) the two volumes of Ich will Zeugnis ablegen bis zum 
letzten made it onto Germany's bestseller list last fall. The work 
stirred much discussion, in part because of Klemperer's eloquently 
precise detailing of the Third Reich's fundamental barbarism, in part 
because of his emphatic defense of Germany in the face of that barbarism. 
Klemperer, a veteran of the First World War and true-believing product of 
Germany's educational tradition in the humanities, insisted in his 
journal that the Nazis were an aberration, that they were the exact 
opposite of all that his Germany represented, something from an 
eyewitness which contradicts the new book by Goldhagen who blames all 
Germans, even little babies.

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