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The Limits Of Pacifism

Novelist Nicholson Baker argues that more negotiation with Hitler might have saved Jewish lives, a view shared by few historians.

06/21/2011
Staff Writer

If there is a holy grail for pacifists—an argument that would prove, once and for all, that war is simply never a good answer—it is the case that not fighting Hitler would have done more to stop the Holocaust than fighting him. After all, even people who call themselves pacifists today often make an exception for Hitler—him, they’d fight.

Baker's essay, "Why I'm A Pacifist," came out in the May 2011 issue of Harper's.
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