The concept of ordinary people and ordinariness: a study of Holocaust perpetrators.

Jude, Richard (2013) The concept of ordinary people and ordinariness: a study of Holocaust perpetrators. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Focussing upon historiographical material, and incorporating a range of primary sources, this dissertation will investigate the role of ordinariness in Holocaust perpetration. Studying the available historiography, chapter one will contend that the work of Daniel Goldhagen and Christopher Browning in the 1990s proved a watershed for perpetrator study. Subsequent literature has favoured the idea that many ordinary groups became complicit in the perpetration of the crimes. Developing the study from this point, additional research into the involvement of bureaucratic organisations in the Holocaust will further outline the range of individuals and organisations that can be seen to be culpable to some extent. In contrast to the ordinary people incriminated by chapter two’s conclusions, the groups investigated in chapter three are closer to the front line of the perpetration process. This chapter will engage with primary source material to propose that ordinariness remained central in perpetrators’ lives. This dissertation will conclude that different facets of ordinariness were part of Holocaust perpetration, both in terms of who the perpetrators were, and how they behaved.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 16:53
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:27
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13047

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