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Justice as Intergenerational

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/9780195157574.003.0003
Justice as                         Intergenerational

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Through psychological studies of Nazi and Jew parents and through comparative interviews of their descendants, the relationship between revenge and aggressive acts was able to be analyzed by showing how the stories of injustice became a painful legacy that shaped the attitude and ethnic identities of the next generation. While the survivors' children expressed a deep loyalty to their Jewish identities and distrust of gentiles, Nazis' children expressed loyalties to their German identities by emphasizing that not all Germans are Nazis, even educating learners about the suffering the German people experienced during the war and the injustice brought about by the Allies. The sense of victimization expressed in these stories is carried by their children into a deep sense of loyalty and obligation to redress the past injustices through education and seeking revenge. This chapter focuses on the emotional need of fulfilling a sense of justice — vengeance against injustice.

Keywords: Nazi parents; descendants; Jew parents; aggressive acts; injustice; legacy; ethnic identities; victimization

Chapter.  10491 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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