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Introduction

  • Joanne Pettitt
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Abstract

In the introduction, the author examines the human dimension of Holocaust perpetration. Focusing on discourses of determinism and the impact of social norms on individual patterns of behaviour, she takes to task the very concept of evil, showing it to be unhelpful in understanding the motivations that led to the genocide. By figuring Holocaust perpetrators as fundamentally human, the author is successful in showing that they are subject to the same range of social, political and psychological forces as those of the reader. The destabilising effect of this potential commonality, as the author shows, has significant repercussions in terms of the production of empathy.

Keywords

Moral Luck Historical Figure Psychological Force Narrative Voice Genuine Insight 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne Pettitt
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  1. 1.School of European Culture and LanguagesUniversity of KentKentUnited Kingdom

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