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作者 Kellenbach, Katharina von, 1960-
書名 The mark of Cain : guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators / Katharina von Kellenbach
出版項 New York : Oxford University Press, USA, [2013]
©2013
國際標準書號 9780199937455 (hbk.)
0199937451 (hbk.)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  D804.7.M67 K45 2013    在架上    30600020082518
說明 xi, 287 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
"The Mark of Cain fleshes out a history of conversations that contributed to Germany's coming to terms with a guilty past. Katharina von Kellenbach draws on letters exchanged between clergy and Nazi perpetrators, written notes of prison chaplains, memoirs, sermons, and prison publications to illuminate the moral and spiritual struggles of perpetrators after the war. These documents provide intimate insights into the self-reflection and self-perception of perpetrators. As Germany looks back on more than sixty years of passionate debate about political, personal and legal guilt, its ongoing engagement with the legacy of perpetration has transformed its culture and politics. In many post-genocidal societies, it falls to clergy and religious officials (in addition to the courts) to negotiate and create a path for individuals beyond the atrocities of the past. German clergy brought the Christian message of guilt and forgiveness into the internment camps where Nazi functionaries awaited prosecution at the hands of Allied military tribunals and various national criminal courts, or served out their sentences. The loving willingness to forgive and forget displayed towards his errant child by the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son became the paradigm central to Germany's rehabilitation and reintegration of Nazi perpetrators. The problem with Luke's parable in this context, however, is that perpetrators did not ask for forgiveness. Most agents of state crimes felt innocent. Von Kellenbach proposes the story of the mark of Cain as a counter narrative. In contrast to the Prodigal Son, who is quickly forgiven and welcomed back into the house of the father, the fratricide Cain is charged to rebuild his life on the basis of open communication about the past. The story of the Prodigal Son equates forgiveness with forgetting; Cain's story links redemption with remembrance and suggests a strategy of critical engagement with perpetrators"-- Provided by publisher
"In The Mark of Cain, Katharina von Kellenbach draws on letters exchanged between clergy and Nazi perpetrators, written notes of prison chaplains, memoirs, sermons, and prison publications to illuminate the moral and spiritual struggles of perpetrators after the war"-- Provided by publisher
The mark of Cain -- Guilt confessions and amnesty campaigns -- Faith under the gallows: spectacles of innocence in WCP Landsberg -- Cleansed by suffering? the SS general and the human beast -- From honorable sacrifices to lonely scapegoats -- ''Understand my boy this truth about the mistake'': inheriting guilt -- ''Naturally I will stand by my husband'': marital love and loyalty -- ''Absolved from the guilt of the past'': memory as burden and as grace
主題 Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Moral and ethical aspects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Moral and ethical aspects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Genocide -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Germany
Holocaust (Christian theology)
Catholic Church -- Germany -- Clergy
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