Årsagsforklaringer Holocaust

Pernille Nykjær Nielsen, Cecilie Skov, Kristina Lohse Hoffmann & Simone Maja Andersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project focuses on ways of explaining the horrific event, the Holocaust, through a dis- course analysis. Two central explanations have been the focus of this project. The first explanation is written by Zygmunt Bauman in “Modernity and Holocaust”1; he finds that modernity is a central aspect when trying to explain the Holocaust. The opposing explanation is presented by Daniel J. Goldhagen in his book “Hitler’s Willing Executioners”, where he claims that the Holocaust could not have taken place, if it were not for a deep, embedded, German anti-semitism. We discuss our own point of view with support from two critic opinions from other academ- ics. The discussion will focus on pointing out the weaknesses and strengths in the explana- tions; How well do they succeed explaining the Holocaust? The conclusion shows Bauman and Goldhagen each use themes, which are defined by their main themes. Some of the themes can be seen in both explanations, but are given different meanings by Bauman and Goldhagen. Bauman and Goldhagen do not achieve or obtain hegemony. The explanations are not trust- worthy but give insights on how to understand the Holocaust.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015


  • Daniel Goldhagen
  • Diskurs
  • Holocaust
  • Zygmunt Bauman