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In 1946, as the world began to confront the enormity of Nazi Germany's crimes, the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg was in the process of conducting trials of some of the leading figures of Hitler's regime as the perpetrators of those crimes. That same year, Max Weinreich published an important and prescient book, Hitler's Professors: The Part of Scholarship in Germany's Crimes Against the Jewish People, in which he posed a question that few could have had on their minds so soon after World War II had ended: "[A]re Germany's intellectual leaders guilty of complicity in the crimes against humanity for which Germany's top politicians and generals have been brought to trial?"1

Weinreich quickly answered his own question in the following way: It seems to me that only one answer is possible. With the political and military leaders, the intellectual leaders first declared Germany the final judge of her own acts and then renounced accepted morality. With the political and military leaders, they arrogated to themselves the right to dispose of millions of people for their own and their fatherland's greater glory. With the political and military leaders, they prepared, instituted, and blessed the program of vilification, disfranchisement, dispossession, expatriation, imprisonment, deportation, enslavement, torture, and murder.2

In 1946, as the world began to confront the enormity of Nazi Germany's crimes, the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg was in the process of conducting trials of some of the leading figures of Hitler's regime as the perpetrators of those
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