I was just recently tagged by Lubos Motl; after some thought, I happily did as instructed:
“1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.”
And the outcome?
In light of this, it can be said that most significant for the fate of the Jews and for our understanding of the character of Germans’ attitudes towards Jews is that the misgivings about certain eliminationist measures that did exist among some Germans cannot, by and large, rightly be interpreted as having been expressions of principled disapproval of the eliminationist project and especially of the beliefs that gave birth to it. The principal exception to this is to be found among those Germans who, for various reasons, gave aid to the approximately ten thousand German Jews who tried to escape deportation by hiding. The isolation of these Germans and of others who stood by their Jewish spouses indicates how exceptional they were among the larger German populace.
These sentences were taken from the book Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel J. Goldhagen.
Update: The picture from 2006 show some spoiled young people trying to clean up after certain riots in Copenhagen.