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Because the Nineties students have concentrated seriously at the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and feature offered a posh and heterogeneous photograph of perpetrators. This ebook presents a different review of the present nation of analysis on perpetrators. Contributions procedure the subject from quite a few services (history, gender, sociology, psychology, legislation, comparative genocide), and tackle a number of unresolved questions. the general concentration is at the key query that it nonetheless disputed: How do traditional humans turn into mass murderers?

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25. , 26; emphasis in the original. Zimbardo also offers a ‘Ten-step Program to Resist Unwanted Influences’, and, moreover, is convinced that if bad circumstances can produce or trigger violence in individuals, it should be possible to ‘use the power of the situation to produce virtue’, and he defines and gives examples of all kinds of ‘Heroes’ who resisted the pressure of ‘evil’ circumstances, 451ff. James Waller, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford, 2002), 58 (emphasis in the original).

Bartov challenged the post-1945 memories of loyal and self-sacrificing German soldiers who were victims first of the Nazi regime, then of partisan terror, and then of Stalin’s military aggression and captivity. 49 ‘Perpetrator studies’ since the 1990s The 1990s proved to be the decade when mainstream scholarship and the public in Germany were ready to confront the National Socialist past head-on for the first time and debate it as never before. g. Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List in 1993), but, more importantly, because German unification brought an awareness and acceptance of a common past.

Wieviorka, Die Gewalt, 136; but Milgram was aware of that; Obedience, 175. 31. Milgram, Obedience, 117–18. 32. , 27–31. 33. , 180; see also Arthur G. Miller, ‘What Can the Milgram Obedience Experiment Tell Us about the Holocaust? ), The Social Psychology of Good and Evil (New York, 2005), 193–239. 34. Zimbardo,Lucifer Effect, 446. 35. Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. ), Good and Evil, 99. 36. , 91. 37. , 92–3. 38. , 93–5. 39. , 96–7. 40. , 99. 41. html; accessed 31 July 2007); see also: Cosmides and Tooby, ‘Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology’, in David M.

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