Confronting Evil: Two Journeys

Confronting Evil: Two Journeys

by Fred Emil Katz

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Confronting Evil: Two Journeys by Fred Emil Katz

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.

Confronting Evil describes Fred Emil Katz’s two journeys in response to surviving the Holocaust. One journey is that of a survivor who tries to come to terms with his own survival, and who must cope with survival guilt as well as the sense of rootlessness that can go along with it. The other journey is that of a behavioral scientist who, after years of psychological denial, develops new ways of understanding and addressing genocide and other acts of social evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791460306
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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




I. A Visit: Beginning the First Journey

1. All in One Day

II. Beyond Surviving: More of the First Journey

2. The Bitburg Affair
3. Surviving the Holocaust: The Pain and Reward of Confronting the Future in a Personal Way

III. Dissecting Evil: The Second Journey

4. Unpleasant Surprises
5. The Local Moral Universe
6. A Look at Implementation of the Holocaust
7. The Routinization of Evil
8. A Career in Doing Evil: The Case of a Sensitive Physician
9. A Sponsorship of Evil: The Nazi Package as a Moral Mantle
10. Enjoyment of Evil: Cultures of Cruelty
11. Mind-Set of the Terrorist

Conclusion: Endings and Beginnings


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