Surviving the Camps: Unity in Adversity During the Holocaust

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Surviving the Camps is an intriguing study of life in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Paul R. Bartrop responds to earlier scholarly evaluations with the theory that the formation of a prisoner social system based on cooperation and mutual aid served as a positive force that, to a substantial degree, countered the structure imposed on the prisoners by the Nazis. Bartrop concludes that only group solidarity could alleviate the problems of living in a social environment as extreme as the ...
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Overview

Surviving the Camps is an intriguing study of life in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Paul R. Bartrop responds to earlier scholarly evaluations with the theory that the formation of a prisoner social system based on cooperation and mutual aid served as a positive force that, to a substantial degree, countered the structure imposed on the prisoners by the Nazis. Bartrop concludes that only group solidarity could alleviate the problems of living in a social environment as extreme as the concentration camp. Analyzing the testimonial accounts of many concentration camp survivors, Surviving the Camps will be an excellent source for academic historians, psychologists, and professors of Jewish and Holocaust studies.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
This is a useful addition to the literature on Nazi concentration camps and is strongly recommended for inclusion in all Holocaust studies curricula.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761816294
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/12/2000
  • Series: Studies in the Shoah Series
  • Edition description: Volume No. XXIII
  • Edition number: 22
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Bartrop is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Australian and International Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A World Apart: A Short History of the Concentration Camps Chapter 2 The Structure of Terror: Concentration Camp Administration Chapter 3 Personal Testimony: Reading Survivor Accounts as History Chapter 4 The Bettelheim Thesis: Assessing Prisoner Behavior in the Camps Chapter 5 The Critical Response: Bruno Bettelheim under Siege Chapter 6 Rituals of Degradation: The Nazi Onslaught Against Humanity Chapter 7 Standing Together: Prisoner Solidarity as Survival Strategy Chapter 8 Fighting Back: The Question of Resistance Chapter 9 Reflections: Survival and the End of the War Chapter 10 Conclusion: Unity in Adversity
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