The Gist attempts to explain Hitler with Ron Rosenbaum, and talks about how ABC’s This Week is covering the Ebola outbreak.

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:

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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.

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

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