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Introduction

Mona Sue Weissmark

in Justice Matters

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157574
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157574.003.0001
Introduction

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The story begins with an innocent inquiry: who is that man? The author of this book shares her personal experience of how she came to know about her family's experience at the hands of the Nazis through old photographs and her mother's stories, which in turn sparked her aspiration to know more about the reasons behind the Holocaust. Trials seen after the war presented confrontations between the sons and daughters of Jews and Nazis as literature pieces accounted for personal experience and an understanding of the events. This chapter observes the ideas of Holocaust survivors, Nazis, and their descendants and tries to rationalize the significance of justice across generations and amongst individuals. It interprets data collected from the point of view of a researcher and a survivor descendant. The book is not about what is the “final truth”, but rather it aims to inspire good criticism in understanding the justices surrounding the Holocaust and World War II.

Keywords: personal experience; reasoning; Nazis; Holocaust; Jews; justice; descendants

Chapter.  7179 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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