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Jeremy Best Seems Off Base in His Ivory Tower

August 8th 2016

I just read the article the article by Martin Barillas (see Award-winning Historian Innovates Global Conference Call to Answer Reader Questions) on the conference call in response to a critique in History Network News. Sorry I missed the call and chance to ask Edwin Black some questions. Having looked at Jeremy Best's theoretical interpretation of Edwin Black's turning point article about Nazi theories and actions that affected Africans and African-Americans, and the original essay (see Nazi Policy and Black Victims--Before, During, and After the Holocaust--from Africa to Berlin to North Carolina), and having followed the back and forth a bit, I think Best seems pretty off-base. Black's work covers much more than the African genocide and extends into the late twentieth century eugenics and sterilization covered by his book War Against the Weak. The continuity is stunning. Black seems right in his comments about safe Ivory Tower quibbles by Best. Best should probably remain in his Ivory Tower as suggested. It takes guts to expose some of these atrocities.


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