Goldhagen's Argument Analysis

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Goldhagen argues that all Germans played a role or supported the killing of Jewish people. He conveys his argument through the use of specific details, questions and answers, persuasive words, and long examples. Goldhagen utilizes specific details when he says “the perpetrators; “ordinary Germans” were animated by anti-Semitism, by a particular type of anti-Semitism that led them to conclude that Jews ought to die” (Goldhagen). This quote projects the thoughts of the ordinary Germans who followed the beliefs of anti-Semitism. It shows the Germnas misguided beliefs that all Jews needed to die which helps contribute to the main argument that Germans supported killing Jews. Another strategy used by Goldhagen was questions and answers of “what…show more content…
Next, Goldhagen uses persuasive words to help support his argument, he says quotes something from an ordinary German which helps persuade people that ordinary Germans definitely thought that way. Goldhagen quotes the German saying that “they were the source of the dislocations of the changing economy and society, to name but a few” (Goldhagen). The ordinary Germans ultimately viewed Jews as the root of everything wrong. Goldhagen includes this to show how misinformed the Germans are to think all corruption of Germany was due to the Jews. The Jews were not actually the cause of the problems but they were an easy scapegoat to blame, and unify Germany to go against. Then, Goldhagen uses another specific detail to support his argument which portrays the horrible events of the Holocaust saying that the Germans were “slaughtering thousands of people or sending entire communities in freight cars to death factories, these Germans did not and could not have had an illusions that they were members of something other than genocidal cohort” (Goldhagen). The quote shows the specific details of the gruesome mass killing of the Jews which ordinary Germans supported. Which directly supports the author's overall argument specifically showing that the ordinary Germans openly and knowingly supported

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