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German Reactions to Nazi Atrocities

Morris Janowitz
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 52, No. 2 (Sep., 1946), pp. 141-146
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2770938
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German Reactions to Nazi Atrocities
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Abstract

Early in the re-education of the German people the military government attempted to develop a sense of collective responsibility for results of National Socialism, especially for atrocities in concentration camps. Detailed interviews indicate that, before the Allied occupation, Germans were aware of the existence and function of concentration camps, although they did not know the details or extent. Almost universally, the individual German projects responsibility upon the Nazi party or the S.S. There is little evidence that exposure to the facts was developing a sense of need for greater personal participation in political life among the traditionally unpolitical.

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