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Ethics in an Age of Terror and GenocideIdentity and Moral Choice$
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Kristen Renwick Monroe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151373

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151373.001.0001

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The Holocaust and Genocide

The Holocaust and Genocide

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(p.9) Chapter 2 The Holocaust and Genocide
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Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide
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Kristen Renwick Monroe

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151373.003.0002

This chapter reviews the literature on genocide to define it, asks what scholars already know about it, and provides a context within which the stories that constitute the heart of the data section of this volume can be analyzed. While the Holocaust and World War II is often considered as so horrific that they become unique, the chapter argues that is not the case. Moreover, it remains conscious of the extent to which understanding the human psychology surrounding the Holocaust can lend insight into a far wider range of related, important, and ongoing political behaviors that emanate in forces deep-seated within the human psyche: prejudice; discrimination; ethnic, sectarian, religious hatred and violence.

Keywords:   genocide, Holocaust, moral challenges, World War II, human psychology, discrimination, prejudice, ethnic hatred, religious hatred, violence

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