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Anti-Semitism has often been compared to a deadly virus, characterized by long latent periods and then reemerging in new and even more virulent forms. Goldhagen, who has specialized in provocative, controversial works on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, examines the virus in its latest, terrifying form. Per this author, anti-Semitism has broken free of its centuries-old host in Europe and now infects institutions and individuals across the world. Facilitated by the global nature of modern communication, the old blood libels, distortions, and wild conspiracy theories about Jews are now widely believed and expressed in places as far flung as Malaysia, West Africa, and Pakistan, none of which have indigenous Jewish populations. Goldhagen maintains that international organizations, including the United Nations and some so-called human-rights groups, use the mask of anti-Zionism or opposition to Israel to nurture and reinforce hatred of Jews. At the same time, there has been a resurgence of anti-Semitism in traditional places in Europe, and it transcends the political barriers of the Left and the Right. As in his earlier works, Goldhagen tends to paint with too broad a brush, but this is still an important investigation of an undeniably dangerous phenomenon. --Jay Freeman

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"No other writer has held mass murderers, deniers of truth, and propagators of hate to a higher standard of moral accountability than Daniel Jonah Goldhagen....His latest, The Devil that Never Dies, doubtlessly will shatter the way people think about anti-Semitism---both in its past incarnations and present day existence....When the world's manmade atrocities, moral failures, and blatant hypocrisies occur, he has proven himself time and again to be a righteous chronicler on behalf of the persecute and the dead."
---Thane Rosenbaum, Huffington Post

"A frightening exposition on how anti-Semitism has become a global phenomenon....Devil is bursting with information and insight."
---Neal Gendler, American Jewish World

"Former Harvard professor Goldhagen comes out swinging in this frontal assault on anti-Semitism and its practitioners and does not pause for breath until the final page.... A frightening photograph of a mutable demon so many fail to recognize and continue to embrace."
--- Kirkus Reviews

"An important new book....A chilling explication of the explosion of anti-Semitism in the last two decades, fueled by the Internet and other modern means of global communications, as well as a sophisticated analysis of the inter-related international institutions and political trends that underpin it. It is essential reading."
--- Rick Richman, Commentary

"Effective and disturbing....Rhetorically and sometimes physically violent anti-Semitism over the past dozen years or so is shocking in part because it does not seem to shock."
--- Jeffrey Goldberg, New York Times

"Explosive....Goldhagen's main points are hard to contradict."
--- David Mikics, Tablet Magazine

"Daniel Goldhagen's new book hits hard. This tour de force makes a chillingly compelling case that global anti-Semitism on the rise....Goldhagen's material can overwhelm and be tough going for the faint of heart. Yet his passionate compulsion to make his case beyond a shadow of a doubt is understandable, and he does so with brilliance....In The Devil That Never Dies, he does everything within his formidable intellectual power to confront anti-Semitism and make us aware that this devil is real."
--- Sharon Rosen Leib, San Diego Jewish Journal

"Important and timely....The dangers Goldhagen outlines in this brilliant work should sound a clarion call for governmental and societal intervention."
---Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post

"An in-depth look at anti-Semitism around the world."
--- Vox Tablet
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031609787X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316097871
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeffrey Tannenbaum on June 11, 2014
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It is scarey to see the way the world is going. This is a very detailed well writtne and researched book. Anyone who care about hatred in the world and the need to combat it needs to read this book. It is not an easy read but it contains information that is nececessaty to be before the public. Information ia a powefrul tool and Mr Goldhagen uses it well
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"The Devil that Never Dies" is a book that needs to be read and taken seriously. It exposes the regrowth of hatred toward the Jew and how it has become expected, accepted, and institutionalized the world over. Goldhagen does a remarkable job of bringing many inconvenient facts to the surface for all to examine. This is a must read for all decent people.
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THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

A bare seven decades after THE WORLD `learned' that six million Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany with impressive efficiency in a relatively short amount of time, Jew-hatred is back in full force - this time on a global scale. In response, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, the author of HITLER'S WILLING EXECUTIONER has published "THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES - The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism". It is a much needed book, including in the US where antisemitism has become a taboo in the public sphere and where one may be lulled into the belief that this age-old scourge has lost its deadly force.

It is troubling to read that just like in Germany in the late nineteen hundreds, antisemitism has once again taken a new foothold in academia in the US and even more pronounced in European countries which either collaborated or stood by while the Nazi regime murdered two thirds of its Jews. John Mersheimer and Stephen Walt for instance distribute their specious antisemitism in the guise of respectability and seriousness and use the bogeyman "Israel Lobby" as an example of a nefarious group which takes unfair advantage of non-Jews. The old canards are recycled in a pattern of mind-numbing repetitiveness and are only surprising in their lack of imagination of NOTHING NEW.

In his extensive study, Goldhagen analyzes the singular nature of this particular prejudice and how it reinvents itself year in and year out, decade after decade, century after century to fit new circumstances while staying loyal to its core characteristic: Jews, or THE Jews, are used as the dung heap of any and all human shortcomings AND prejudices, especially in societies which prefer finger pointing to self-criticism.
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This was the kind of book that would probably make most people uncomfortable, in that the author documents the roots, triggers, and the inevitable rise of antisemitism in today's global society. Prof. Goldhagen approaches the subject by identifying the spread of the most "popular" themes (and memes). Some may be initially labelled as "anti-Zionist" (in that at first glance they appear to be directed only towards Israel and/or Israelis, as opposed to local Jewish communities) but it soon becomes all too apparent that the sources for these items are based on classic antisemitic themes, reworked for a post-modern audience.
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I took a quick glance at the negative reviews on this book and the one that stood out the most was the one by Michael Hoffman "Holocaust Revisionist", who is a certified Holocaust denier (you can Google the info about him). And if a Holocaust denier has bad things to say about this book, it's safe to assume that this book has hit the mark.

I didn't regret reading this one. I'd also recommend "A Lethal Obsession" by Prof. Robert Wistrich along with this one.
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One influence which Daniel Goldhagen neglects or understates is the insidious influence which Nazism continues to have, including its activation of latent Islamic tendencies toward anti-semitism.

Background:

Starting in the early 1800s in the German-speaking areas of Europe, there were random acts of anti-semitism (many of them violent in nature), with typically very little to no accountability toward the perpetrators. These acts continued to increase in frequency and became much more systematic in nature toward the late 1800s. By the turn of the 20th Century, both police/militia and citizens-at-large were well-aware that these incidents were now fairly common (Numerous archival photographs show the humour, delight, and entertainment that such public acts gave the citizens).

I believe the reason Hitler and his henchmen had the majority support of the Germanic peoples was that he merely systematized, on a never conceived-of-scale (including mass murders through a well-thought-out and designed system), the underlying hatred most (not some) Germanic peoples had in their hearts. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem preached hatred and violence toward Jews in the Middle East and escaped to Berlin to become a guest of Hitler for the last few years of WW II. In fact, he wanted to implement The Final Solution in the Middle East. Finally, the Nazis had a hunting list of Jews to round up in Britain and North America if they had succeeded in their war efforts.

WWII started with a population of 70 million Germans and ended with 55 million, including no social re-programming around rabid anti-semitic prejudices and hatred.
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