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The Mask of Administrative Evil

Remembering the Past, Forgetting the Present
  • Guy B. Adams
  • Danny L. Balfour
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Abstract

How we remember our collective past is a crucial element in present and future behaviour. Because memory consists largely of a reconstruction of events, we are, to an extent, able to choose how and what we remember. Our memories are constructed by the salience of powerful images and the desire to forget that which disturbs or challenges our collective identity. During the 20th century, modern civilizations have been reluctant to remember past involvement in genocide and other dehumanizing events. More specifically, we choose how to remember genocide, often in a relatively narrow and self-serving way.1

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Concentration Camp Rocket Scientist Ethical Choice Assembly Center Slave Labour 
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  • Guy B. Adams
  • Danny L. Balfour

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