Nazis in Society

  • Joanne Pettitt


The opening chapter illustrates the ways in which the identities and behaviours of individual perpetrators are intricately tied to society and its norms. Using a series of examples including Hilsenrath’s The Nazi and the Barber, Littell’s The Kindly Ones, Amis’s Time’s Arrow and Schlink’s The Reader, the author shows that the desire to belong to the homogeneous mass is an essential part of perpetrator characterisation. The author then details the numerous ways in which subplots or leitmotifs are employed to undermine ideas of commonality and sameness. The chapter closes by questioning why guilt associated with the Nazi genocide does not appear to be ‘guilty enough’.


Homogeneous Mass Moral Luck Similar Paradigm Social Elite Empathetic Relationship 
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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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