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Holocaust Book Sells Out First Print Run in One Week

August 15, 1996

BERLIN (AP) _ American author Daniel Goldhagen’s book reexamining the Holocaust is a hit with summer readers, who bought out the first press run of the German translation in one week.

Bookstores have sold out of the first 40,000 copies of ``Hitler’s Willing Executioners,″ which went on sale Aug. 7. The Siedler publishing house is rushing out another 30,000 copies and has stockpiled paper to print more, spokeswoman Gisela Niklas said Thursday.

A heated debate among German historians that began with the book’s U.S. release in March has piqued reader interest in Germany.

Goldhagen, a 36-year-old professor at Harvard University, argues that ordinary Germans willingly participated in the extermination of 6 million Jews, and that they were motivated less by Nazi ideology than by a form of anti-Semitism peculiar to Germany.

Some German historians have argued that Goldhagen presents no new research and manipulates facts.

The book was a bestseller in the United States, where more than 125,000 copies have been sold, according to the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

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