Eugen Kogon, the author or this book, was a left-wing German political prisoner at Buchenwald concentration camp. Throughout this book, he praises left-wing. Eugen Kogon (February 2, – December 24, ) was a historian and a survivor of the Holocaust. A well-known Christian opponent of the Nazi Party. Eugen Kogon. (Munich) – (Falkenstein). Professor for Scientific Politics. “To this day, at the age of seventy-one, it still happens to me that I thrash .

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Search eugeh history of over billion web pages on the Internet. And reading about the interaction the author had with some of the other prisoners and the guards, like SS Major Ding-Schuler, really made this book a great read and has made me want to research further, in more depth about these people. Oct 26, Theresa rated it it was amazing. It is fascinating, harrowing, heart-wrenching and scary as hell.

Start your free trial. At Buchenwald, Kogon spent part of his time working kogno a clerk for camp doctor Erwin Ding-Schulerwho headed up the typhus experimentation ward there.

After studying economics and sociology at the universities in Munich, Florenceand ViennaKogon received his doctorate in in Vienna with a dissertation on the Faschismus und Korporativstaat “Corporate State and Fascism”. He only wanted to tell what he experienced and exactly what he saw in the camp.

Eugen Kogon – Technische Universität Darmstadt

They asked a small group of former inmates to draft a report on the camp. Jan 02, Katherine Addison rated it really liked it Shelves: He was considered one of the “intellectual fathers” of both West Germany and European integration. But he is also doing his best to be clear, to explain. In time, they had conversations about family concerns, the political situation and events at the front. They have nothing, and “normal” for them.

And while I’m throwing out tangents, here’s another one: It will change how you think and it will make your life seem precious.

That aside, this is a straight-forward guide to which dept was kogo Translated from the German kogn Heinz Norman. Kogon believes that this led to a lack of soul-searching, enabling the SS to disregard any questioning of the mind, except to see if their instincts actually corresponded with the prescribed SS goals.


In making this argument, they are using a logical fallacy, the one that is most trenchantly rebutted by the maxim Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Eugen Kogon (Author of The Theory and Practice of Hell)

Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. It also allows them to keep their stranglehold on Western media and their Governments. Much historians’ sweat has been shed over the question of when Hitler and Himmler and Heydrich came up with the notion of killing all the Jews of Europe in ? Hostility toward them may have been partly rooted in the fact that homosexuality was at one time widespread in Prussian military circles, as well as among the SA and SS, and was to be mercilessly outlawed and erased.

Sep 24, Jan Peczkis rated it really liked it.

The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them

I report offenses to the Office of the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. He was an actor and writer, known for Die DiktatorenInterview mit der Geschichte and Panorama Kogon’s book is a clear analysis of his experiences at Buchenwald, detailing the lives of prisoners and SS soldiers, the psychology of the incarcerated and the incarcerator and the attempts at survival made possible by a certain unity between the victims.

She also emphasizes the variety of adaptations that inmates could choose. Other, less fortunate inmates were arbitrarily assigned to the quarry and excavation work that would inevitably lead to their death. In fact, many prisoners, upon being liberated incould only overcome their forcibly acquired sense of inferiority by reverting, much like the SS, to a sense of superiority to cope with the losses incurred while incarcerated.

I was deeply affected by what I saw and, after a trip to Germany inI knew that I wanted to learn more about how the camps were able to function as they did.


Sep 14, William rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Despite this intensive involvement with the past, Kogon primarily chose to look ahead, toward building a new society—one that would blend with Kogon’s convictions of Christianity and socialism. Oct 30, Carl Macki rated it it was amazing. It is a good read, but I did not learn anything new and found it much less rel This is an evidence gathering report that was submitted by Eugen Kogon after the war and, as such, is quite dry.

Eugene Kogon a political prisoner since led the effort, and this is the result.

Mar 27, Lauren rated it it was amazing. It was inferiority that led these men into the SS where they readily found refuge and an opportunity to assert their superiority. They asked a small group of former By the spring ofthe Second World War was drawing to a close in Europe.

The systems behind the German concentration camps and the experience of those living behind the barbed wire fences have long been a mystery to those who were not there.

This analysis of the psychology perhaps serves as his attempt to explain how the concentration camps were able to function as they did. The System of the German Concentration Camps”first published inwhich still stands as the basic reference on Nazi crimes. This demonstrates that Nazi plans for genocide of large numbers of peoples besides Jews e.

But Hitler’s power grew and his megalomania ripened, and then a funny thing happened: Because the breadth of the subject is so large, this book would best serve as a compliment to other literature on the subject, perhaps volumes discussing the politics involved throughout this time period or biographies of the major players in the SS that Kogon briefly mentions.

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