Ernst Nolte

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Ernst Nolte
BirthplaceWitten, Germany
Philosopher and historian.
EducationPhD in Philosophy (1952)
Known for For articulating a theory of generic fascism as “resistance to transcendence”, and for his involvement in the Historikerstreit debate

Nolte, Ernst


Born Jan. 11, 1923, in Witten. German historian (Federal Republic of Germany). Since 1965, Nolte has been a professor at the University of Marburg.

In his studies, Nolte has attempted to work out a typology of fascism, incorporating for this purpose relevant material from various countries. However, his conception is highly idealistic. Focusing exclusively on ideology, he ignores the socioeconomic sources and roots of fascism, above all, the role of monopoly capital as the social force with the greatest stake in fascism. He unjustifiably regards the period between 1919 and 1945 as the era of Fascism and denies the possibility of a rebirth of fascism in the postwar period. In his political views, Nolte is aligned with conservative circles in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Unlike Roger Griffin, Ernst Nolte, Roger Eatwell and other theorists, Gregor offers no formal definition of fascism.
It began when Ernst Nolte published an article in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" in which he argued that the Holocaust should be placed alongside all the other genocides of the twentieth century.
In response to the announcement this week that Ernst Nolte, a German historian who has found a way of "understanding" Hitler's persecution of Jews, was awarded the Konrad Adenauer Prize for literature presented by the Munich-based Deutschland Foundation, AJCongress President Jack Rosen and Executive Director Phil Baum issued the following statement: