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Thursday April 7th, 2011

Worse than War

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Ph.D. – Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University

Tuesday April 7, 2011, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Sponsored by theFrederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Facing History and Ourselves; and the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University

This program with Dr. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, whose latest work gets to the heart of the phenomenon of genocide, which has caused more deaths in the modern world than military conflict.

Author of Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, Goldhagen traveled around the world to interview perpetrators and survivors, those seeking to obscure the truth, and those devoted to uncovering it. He explores the anatomy of genocide—explaining why genocides begin, are sustained, and end; why societies support them; why they happen so frequently; and how the international community should and can successfully stop them.

Additional Information About Our Guest

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is the author of Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity (PublicAffairs), which, ten years in the making, is about reconceptualizing, understanding, and finally stopping genocide. Treated as a major publishing event by publications around the world, it has been judged as “intensely researched,” “convincing,” and “wholly original” by Kirkus (starred), “magisterial” by the New York Times, “pathbreaking” by Die Presse, and “masterful” by the Daily Telegraph, and placed by the New York Times and Kirkus on their coveted shortlists of the best non-fiction books of 2009. Worse Than War is already scheduled to be published in eight languages, having recently been published in the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom (Little, Brown), Germany (Siedler), Belgium (Standaard), and the Netherlands (De Bezige Bij). Publications in France (Fayard), Italy (Mondadori), Poland (Wydawnictwo Znak), Portugal (Casa Das Letras), and Spain (Taurus) will soon follow. Worse Than War is the basis for a major documentary of the same name produced by JTN Productions and WNET, which will be broadcasted in the United States nationally on PBS on April 14, 2010 at 9pm (EST), having already aired to great acclaim in Germany on ARD on October 18, 2009. For the film, which is the first documentary treatment of the phenomenon of genocide itself, Goldhagen traveled around the world to interview perpetrators and survivors, peasants and politicians, those seeking to obscure the truth and those devoted to uncovering it.

Goldhagen is the author of the #1 international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust (Vintage, 1997), which has been published in fifteen languages, and named by Time one of the two best non-fiction books of 1996 and by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “the most spectacular nonfiction success of this year.” For Hitler’s Willing Executioners and his contributions to German democracy, Goldhagen won Germany’s prestigious triennial Democracy Prize in 1997. Hailed as “a monumental achievement” by the Sunday Times of London, and as “masterly…one of those rare new works that merit the appellation landmark” by the New York Times, Hitler’s Willing Executioners may have generated as much international discussion as any book in our time. He is also the author of the prizewinning and international bestselling A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair (Vintage, 2003), published in eight languages, and has published Briefe an Goldhagen (Letters to Goldhagen) (Siedler, 1997).

Goldhagen, born in 1959, received a B.A. (summa cum laude), M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation, on which Hitler’s Willing Executioners was based, was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Gabriel A. Almond award for the best dissertation in comparative politics (1994). Until deciding to devote himself full time to writing and speaking, he was a professor in Harvard University’s Government and Social Studies departments.

Goldhagen’s essays and columns can be found in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Forward, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Die Zeit, Süddeutscher Zeitung, Die Welt, Le Monde, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, El Pais, El Mundo, Ha’aretz, Gazeta Wyborcza, The Australian and many other national and international publications. He has appeared on many national television and radio programs around the world, including The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and Charlie Rose, and has been profiled on television, including on Dateline, and in magazines, including the New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books. Goldhagen and his work have been, together with the eponymous international debate, the “Goldhagen Debate,” the subject of dozens of scholarly and popular books.

Named to the Forward 50, Goldhagen lectures frequently nationally and internationally on diverse subjects about genocide and its prevention, the Holocaust, the Catholic Church and Jews, Israel, antisemitism today, and Political Islam.

Goldhagen is an affiliate of Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He lives with his wife the architecture scholar and critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen and two children in the Boston area.