A Fundamentally Singular Crime

Saul Friedländer*

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This article deals with the debate over Dirk Moses' essay “The German Catechism,” which sparked controversy after its publication in May 2021. In his piece, Moses argues that the Holocaust should be examined in unison with the genocides perpetrated during colonialism. This article criticizes Moses' interpretation that questions the singularity of the Holocaust, stressing instead that the Shoah is fundamentally different from other historical crimes. It reveals the inherent flaws in Moses' essay, while pointing to the potentially dangerous influence of the postcolonial thought advocated by Moses on anti-Israel sentiment and the rise of antisemitism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Holocaust Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Dirk Moses
  • antisemitism
  • colonialism
  • holocaust
  • ‘German catechism’


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