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Confronting evil : two journeys
Katz, Fred E., 1927-
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Albany : State University of New York Press, [2004]

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xi, 190 pages ; 23 cm
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Using insights from behavioral science, a Holocaust survivor explores how evil actions can seem "moral" to the perpetrators and how we must alter our thinking to prevent this.

Author Notes

Fred Emil Katz is a former Professor of Sociology who taught at various universities in the United States and Israel, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Ordinary People and Extraordinary Evil: A Report on the Beguilings of Evil, also published by SUNY Press, and Immediacy: How Our World Confronts Us and How We Confront Our World.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
I. A Visit: Beginning the First Journeyp. 13
1. All in One Dayp. 15
II. Beyond Surviving: More of the First Journeyp. 33
2. The Bitburg Affairp. 35
3. Surviving the Holocaust: The Pain and Reward of Confronting the Future in a Personal Wayp. 45
III. Dissecting Evil: The Second Journeyp. 59
4. Unpleasant Surprisesp. 61
5. The Local Moral Universep. 69
6. A Look at Implementation of the Holocaustp. 87
7. The Routinization of Evilp. 107
8. A Career in Doing Evil: The Case of a Sensitive Physicianp. 129
9. A Sponsorship of Evil: The Nazi Package as a Moral Mantlep. 137
10. Enjoyment of Evil: Cultures of Crueltyp. 149
11. Mind-Set of the Terroristp. 161
Conclusion: Endings and Beginningsp. 177
Notesp. 179
About the Authorp. 187
Indexp. 189