Rationalization and Method in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XXIV

Dan Diner


Rationalization and Method: Critique of a New Approach in Understanding the “Final Solution”

Diner criticizes Goetz Aly and Susanne Heim’s thesis that Nazi experts planned the Final Solution as a means of demographic and economic rationalization, arguing that it is a mono-causal explanation, which leaves out of the equation the primacy of racist and political motives as well as the actual happenings. Also, it is asserted that by delineating the continuity of the careers of the experts, and the historical context of their ideas of modernization and population control, they diminish the Holocaust as a unique event. 

Products specifications
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 1994
Catalog No. 199403
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XXIV, pp. 71-108, Edited by Aharon Weiss
Publisher Yad Vashem