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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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Tony: Rescuer

Tony: Rescuer

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(p.35) Chapter 3 Tony: Rescuer
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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/9780691151373.003.0003

This chapter relates an interview with Tony, who was a young Dutch cavalry officer when the war began. Tony was bourgeois, with conservative social values and strong feelings of support for the Dutch monarchy. He credits some of his empathic worldview to his wartime experience; he saw heavy fighting during the Nazi invasion of Holland. His narrative is presented in as unadorned a form as possible, with limited editing and no analytical comment, to facilitate the reader's entering into Tony's head, to understand how Tony's ethical framework, and particularly his perceptions of himself in relation to others, worked to limit the choices Tony found available.

Keywords:   cavalry officer, Holland, human nature, religion, altruism, conservative values, ethical framework

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