Without Hitler, Is There a Holocaust?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 4 2014 5:39 PM

What Made Hitler Hitler?

The Gist asks whether the Holocaust would have happened if Adolf Hitler were never born.

Adolf Hitler as a baby.
How did baby Adolf become a genocidal monster, and is that what we should be asking?

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Listen to Episode 63 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, we observe the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a feature about the start of World War II. Mike asks Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, about how a genocidal monster is formed, and whether the Holocaust would have happened without him. For the Spiel, all you missed on ABC’s This Week.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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