The Society of Terror: Inside the Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps

Overview

During 1938 and 1939, Paul Neurath was a Jewish political prisoner in the concentration camps at Dachau and Buchenwald. He owed his survival to a temporary Nazi policy allowing release of prisoners who were willing to go into exile and the help of friends on the outside who helped him obtain a visa. He fled to Sweden before coming to the United States in 1941. In 1943, he completed The Society of Terror, based on his experiences in Dachau and Buchenwald. He embarked on a long career teaching sociology and ...
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Overview

During 1938 and 1939, Paul Neurath was a Jewish political prisoner in the concentration camps at Dachau and Buchenwald. He owed his survival to a temporary Nazi policy allowing release of prisoners who were willing to go into exile and the help of friends on the outside who helped him obtain a visa. He fled to Sweden before coming to the United States in 1941. In 1943, he completed The Society of Terror, based on his experiences in Dachau and Buchenwald. He embarked on a long career teaching sociology and statistics at universities in the United States and later in Vienna until his death in September 2001.

After liberation, the horrific images of the extermination camps abounded from Dachau, Buchenwald, and other places. Neurath's chillingly factual discussion of his experience as an inmate and his astute observations of the conditions and the social structures in Dachau and Buchenwald captivate the reader, not only because of their authenticity, but also because of the work's proximity to the events and the absence of influence of later interpretations. His account is unique also because of the exceptional links Neurath establishes between personal experience and theoretical reflection, the persistent oscillation between the distanced and sober view of the scientist and that of the prisoner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594510953
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Neurath was a Jewish political prisoner in the concentration camps Dachau and Buchenwald from April 1, 1938 to May 27, 1939.

Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany. During the academic year 2002/2003 he was Paul F. Lazarsfeld Professor at the University of Vienna. Among his recent book publications are Knowledge and Economic Conduct: The Social Foundations of the Modern Economy (University of Toronto Press, 2002).

Christian Fleck is professor of Sociology, Universitaet Graz, Austria.

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Table of Contents

1 From Civil War to organized terror 3
2 First impressions 11
3 The layout 17
4 A day in a concentration camp 23
5 The daily routine 35
6 The prisoners 53
7 The guards 71
8 Crime and punishment 85
9 Differences 101
10 Kaleidoscope 113
11 The task 131
12 Power 141
13 Cooperation 157
14 The Moor express 173
15 Justice 187
16 Property rights 195
17 Corruption 201
18 Conflict 215
19 Why don't they hit back 245
Addendum : statement on the validity of the observations that form the basis of the dissertation 269
Afterword 279
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