A Past that will not Pass Away in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XIX

Ernst Nolte


A Past That Will Not Pass Away: A Speech It Was Possible to Write, But Not to Present

Nolte states that historical revisionism is necessary to reduce stereotyped historical myths, such as the wholly negative nature of the Third Reich, to their true dimensions. He describes several revisionist interpretations, though he rejects David Irving’s claim that Hitler did not know about the Final Solution. Also traced are the historical origins of Nazi Germany, placing the extermination of the Jews in the context of the trend, fostered by the Industrial Revolution, toward eliminating small, parasitic groups as a precondition for modernization. The author claims that the Nazis’ anti-Jewish policy identifying Jews with liberalism and Bolshevism was also a reaction to the anxiety aroused by the mass killings of the Russian Revolution — an irrational copy of the “red terror.” 

Products specifications
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 1988
Catalog No. 198803
No. of Pages 10 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XIX, pp. 65-74, Edited by Aharon Weiss
Publisher Yad Vashem