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Sunday, August 19 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Delving into the Holocaust

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Location: R4

Jeffrey Masson will discuss how he became interested in Holocaust study, why it is still relevant, and which books (including many in his own extensive collection ) are essential reading for such study. He will also touch on Germany, and whether there is anything unique about its national character that contributed to the Holocaust, as well as disputing Hannah Arendt's concept of the banality of evil. He is particularly interested in how the killing of mental patients in Germany led to the killing of Jews, and how in the one case there was enough public outrage that it was stopped (at least temporarily) while in the latter there was no outrage. Why?

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Jeffrey Masson

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is a writer who lives with his family in New Zealand. He has a PhD in Sanskrit from Harvard University and is also a trained psychologist. He has written on a wide-range of subjects including on his experience moving to New Zealand, psychology and animal... Read More →

Sunday August 19, 2012 2:45pm - 3:45pm NZST