Questioning Dehumanization: Intersubjective Dimensions of Violence in the Nazi Concentration and Death Camps

  title={Questioning Dehumanization: Intersubjective Dimensions of Violence in the Nazi Concentration and Death Camps},
  author={Johannes Lang},
  journal={Holocaust and Genocide Studies},
  pages={225 - 246}
  • Johannes Lang
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Using the violence in Nazi concentration and death camps as its case study, this article explores the theoretical and empirical limits of the concept of dehumanization—the process by which the perpetrators come to perceive their victims as "not human" or "subhuman"—and delineates appropriate alternatives to the concept. The author argues that excessive violence is commonly misunderstood and misrepresented as dehumanization because it seems to aim at effacing the victim's human appearance. Yet… Expand
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