Abstract

In Adolf Hitler in der Geschichte [Adolf Hitler in History], philosopher Hermann Schmitz traces the occidental history of ideas—the situation—that he believes made Hitler a matter of course and his phobic hatred of the Jews unsurprising. Drawing heavily on Hitler's speeches, he attempts to show that the new phenomenology he has created will complete the work that the National Socialists failed to finish. It is unclear whether Schmitz wrote this book after the Historikerstreit ([historian's quarrel]: an intellectual and political controversy in West German of the late 1980s about how best to remember Nazi Germany and the Holocaust) to minimize the Holocaust, a word he uses only for German suffering, or to illustrate his own theory of atmospheres and situations, or both. In either case, this book should give pause to psychotherapists looking to the “New Phenomenology” for theoretical novelty or conceptual inspiration.

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