"Despite the Importance and Centrality of Antisemitism, It Cannot Serve as the Exclusive Explanation of Murder and Murderers": David Bankier’s (1947–2010) Path in Holocaust Research
David Bankier was a scholar with a vast knowledge of many subjects, a penetrating analytical mind, remarkable speaking and teaching abilities, and a sharp wit. Perhaps the most important aspect of Bankier’s oeuvre was its great impact on our understanding of Germans in the Shoah. Dan Michman provides an in-depth analysis of Bankier’s work and contribution to the study of the Shoah. As Michman demonstrates, Bankier had a broad range of research interests that touched upon some of the central questions of the Shoah, and his research findings were often ahead of their time and reverberated widely throughout the scholarly world. From his research on German public opinion and German knowledge of and involvement in the elimination of the Jews, to his research on Hitler’s engagement in the details of anti-Jewish policy, to his more recent research relating to Pope Pius XII and the Vatican during the Shoah, Bankier left his mark.