Fascism and Communism

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4
From the Gulag to Auschwitz

M Y D EAR C OLLEAGUE,

Allow me first to express, in all objectivity, my admiration for the courage you demonstrate. If even university scholars of the Anglo-Saxon world reacted to you as you suggest at the beginning of your letter, how much greater must be the indignation and anger in France and Italy.

Moreover, no one forced you to adopt a favorable position toward my work in the long note on pages 195– 96 of your book. If it is true that it would have triggered strong opposition in any case, no doubt the most negative emotional reactions would not have found anything to feed on if you hadn't mentioned the author “demonized” by the Left in Europe. You must have obeyed only scientific honesty, which refuses to hide what, in one way or another, played an important role in the elaboration of your own ideas. There is something extraordinarily consoling about the fact that a motive of this kind can show itself in spite of all the suspicions and among so many motivations that have nothing to do with scientific work.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Preface to the English Edition vii
  • Foreword xv
  • 1 - On Ernst Nolte's Interpretation of Fascism 1
  • 2 - Beyond Ideological Impasses 7
  • 3 - A Taboo Subject 15
  • 4 - From the Gulag to Auschwitz 23
  • 5 - The Dialectical Relationship of Fascism and Communism 31
  • 6 - On Revisionism 41
  • 7 - François Furet 59
  • 8 - Situations 69
  • 9 - Such is the Melancholy Backdrop of This Century's End 81
  • Notes 93
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