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If the alleged extermination did not happen as we have been told, then there is no paradox, and the statement seems self-explanatory. You don't have to take his word for it p. To put a scholarly veneer over the gaping holes in his account of the Holocaust's rise to power, Novick claims p. The German invasion of the Soviet Union in June marked a new level of brutality in warfare.

Under the Nuremberg Laws, Jews became routine targets for stigmatization and persecution. In government circles, let alone the public mind, nothing like contemporary awareness of the Holocaust existed. The Holocaust took place thousands of miles from America's shores.

Novick seemingly accepts this, and offers p. And many of their spokesmen, who press for inclusion, are Jewish. And it's not a matter of taking a disengaged academic stance. About Babi Yar, he writes p. It's not as though no one has made an effort to connect Americans to the Holocaust, though p.

The work of bestial degradation, begun by the victorious Germans, had been carried to conclusion by the Germans in defeat. It was a survival not of the fittest, not of the most high-minded or reasonable and certainly not of the meekest, but of the toughest.

The work of bestial degradation begun

Novick seems unconcerned p. The answer, which Novick acknowledges without examining it too closely, lies in the dominant power of American Jewry. Novick has noticed this, too p.

The Holocaust framework allowed one to put aside as irrelevant any legitimate grounds for criticizing Israel, to avoid even considering the possibility that the rights and wrongs were complex. Novick's approach to these datum points, however, seems so conscious of Jewish group interests that the book appears to be written only for other Jews. Jewish fund-raisers in America were quick to note this, and soon p.