Reckoning with Goldhagen.

Author:Wistrich, Robert S.
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the Editor

Regarding Richard John Neuhaus' criticism of my Azure review of Daniel J. Goldhagen's A Moral Reckoning (While We're At It, June/July), I feel it is necessary to offer a clarification. My review of that book was mixed, since I agree with some of Goldhagen's analysis regarding Catholic anti-Semitism and the origins of the Shoah. I certainly do not believe his proposals to radically reform Catholicism are practicable, though some changes are inevitable and desirable.

Father Neuhaus' claim that a few years ago I helped "to torpedo a Jewish-Catholic project studying Vatican archives pertinent to the Holocaust" is somewhat more perplexing. The historical commission to which Fr. Neuhaus refers came to an end because the Vatican was not ready at the time to grant us access to the archives we needed for our work. Since then, a significant part of those archives has been opened (though not yet for the crucial period from 1939 to 1945)--an...

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