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Circles of Hell: Jewish and Non-Jewish Victims of the Nazis

Mary Johnson and Carol Rittner
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 548, The Holocaust: Remembering for the Future (Nov., 1996), pp. 123-137
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1048548
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Some scholars refer to the relationship between the Jewish and the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust as "the many circles of hell in Dante's Inferno." The Jews occupy the center, with the other victims extending outward in concentric rings. Michael Berenbaum has argued that in order to comprehend the Jewish center, one must "fully probe the ripple effects as well as the indisputable core." This article proposes a framework for teaching about the "mosaic of victims" in the Third Reich. It also suggests study questions and activities to help students think about how issues of the Nazi era have relevance today.

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