Raul Hilberg quotes

  • The missionaries of Christianity had said in effect: You have no right to live among us as Jews. The secular rulers who followed had proclaimed: You have no right to live among us. The German Nazis at last decreed: You have no right to live.
    -- Raul Hilberg

    #Holocaust #Lasts #Christianity

  • At crucial junctures, every individual makes decisions and … every decision is individual,
    -- Raul Hilberg

    #Decision #Individual #Juncture

  • But what began in 1941 was a process of destruction not planned in advance, not organized centrally by any agency. There was no blueprint and there was no budget for destructive measures. They were taken step by step, one step at a time. Thus came about not so much a plan being carried out, but an incredible meeting of minds, a consensus - mind reading by a far-flung bureaucracy.
    -- Raul Hilberg

    #Taken #Reading #Agency

  • A great percentage of the mistakes I discovered in my own work, could be attributed to testimonies.
    -- Raul Hilberg

    #Mistake #Percentages #Testimony

  • The Jews are the conscience of the world. They are the father figures, stern, critical, and forbidding.
    -- Raul Hilberg

    #Father #World #Figures

  • As the Nazi regime developed over the years, the whole structure of decision-making was changed. At first there were laws. Then there were decrees implementing laws. Then a law was made saying, ‘There shall be no laws.’ Then there were orders and directives that were written down, but still published in ministerial gazettes. Then there was government by announcement; orders appeared in newspapers. Then there were the quiet orders, the orders that were not published, that were within the bureaucracy, that were oral. And finally, there were no orders at all. Everybody knew what he had to do.
    -- Raul Hilberg

    #Order #Years #Law

  • Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly uptill now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.

  • I've never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal.

  • Startups often win because it's easier to see what comes next when you don't have to worry about maintaining what came last.

  • As the Internet breaks down the last justifications for a professional class of politicians, it also builds up the tools for replacing them.

  • The last day of your life is still going to be a day.

  • I never lost my belief, in the midst of setbacks which were not spared me during my period of struggle. Providence has had the last word and brought me success.

  • You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion [Islam] too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?

  • I am personally convinced of the great power and deep significance of Christianity, and I won't allow any other religion to be promoted.

  • May God deliver us from the easygoing, smooth, comfortable Christianity that never lets the truth get hold of us.

  • In the process of replacing the old religions, Christianity became a religion.

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