From firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Oct 21 07:23:57 PDT 1996 Article: 76072 of alt.revisionism Path: nizkor.almanac.bc.ca!news.island.net!vertex.tor.hookup.net!hookup!nntp-hub2.barrnet.net!cpk-news-hub1.bbnplanet.com!cam-news-hub1.bbnplanet.com!howland.erols.net!newsfeed.internetmci.com!news.webspan.net!ix.netcom.com!news From: Rich Graves
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: That Kaufman book that Irving and Goebbels lie about Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 00:12:46 -0800 Organization: Fans of Nizkor, http://www.nizkor.org/objectives.html Lines: 64 Message-ID: <326B307E.459C@ix.netcom.com> NNTP-Posting-Host: pax-ca1-03.ix.netcom.com Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-NETCOM-Date: Mon Oct 21 1:12:32 AM PDT 1996 X-Mailer: Mozilla 2.0 (Macintosh; I; 68K) Searching the outstanding JSTOR, www.jstor.org (unavailable to you unless you're at one of a few select universities -- nyah nyah), I found what seems to be the *only* reference to Theodore Kaufman's ghastly book on "the German problem" in a peer-reviewed academic journal. It is a *fascinating* bibliographical survey of books, articles, and government reports concerning what the Allies should do with Germany after the war. While there is certainly fodder here for "revisionists" out to prove that the Allies had it in for the German people, the survey clearly shows that Goebbels' and Irving's claims about the Kaufman book *Germany Must Perish* and the reception it got are untrue. The article is 17 pages of relatively small type, so I won't try to give you a feel for the whole article (which you should read if you have access to JSTOR or a very well-stocked library -- it has a lot to say about the issue of "collective guilt"), but I can give you what it says about Kaufman. For more about Kaufman's kookiness -- he hand-made little coffins that he mailed, unsolicited, to reviewers -- see the Time Magazine review and followup letters, http://ftp.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi?people/k/kaufman.theodore in file press/time-review-perish-4203 David Irving, apparently believing Goebbels uncritically, says that Time Magazine's review and the general reception in the US was positive. Nothing could be further than the truth, with the possible exception of several other assertions in Irving's books. Donald F. Lauch. "What *they* would do about Germany." *The Journal of Modern History*, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Sep. 1945), pp. 227-243. [Page 228] "Even before America's entry into the war there appeared Theodore N. Kaufman's *Germany must perish!* As the title implies, Kaufman proposes the death sentence for Germany as a nation. He justifies his radical proposal by contending that Germany has forced a total war upon the world and hence must suffer a total penalty. He does not attribute the war to the Nazis or to Hitler but insists that the guilt rests squarely upon the German people and the "inbred lust of the German nation for conquest and mass murder" (p. 2). The author grants, for the sake of argument, that up to 20 per cent (or 15,000,000) of Germany's population might be guiltless. He does not believe, however, that the welfare of this 20 per cent can be allowed to divert attention from the fact, as he contends, that Germany has involved 300,000,000 people in two world wars. Quickly dismissing proposals that Germany continue to exist as a nation under some international plan, Kaufman presents a haphazard map of Europe in which Germany is partitioned among the surrounding countries. Then he suggests a plan of systematic sterilization to prevent the German people from reproducing their kind. He calculates that all Germans -- male and female -- could be sterilized within three years or less! Once their reproductive abilities are eliminated, he would force the German soldiers into labor battalions for the reconstruction of damaged cities and areas. The civilians remaining would be obliged to become active citizens of the country to which they had been annexed, and they would be compelled to adopt the language and traditions of the annexing state. It is not remarkable that Goebbels was able to use so effectively a translation of this book to bolster Germany's wavering morale after the disasters in Russia. Kaufman's attitude of unlimited *revanche* is fortunately not characteristic of the other works here reviewed. His apparent belief that elimination of Germany as a nation would be a positive step toward the abolition of war (p. 19) is presented without logical or historical data to give it substance. The book leaves the impression of being little more than indulgence in dire vituperation by a man who sees Germany as the sole cause of the world's woes."
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