Justice as Interpersonal

Mona Sue Weissmark

in Justice Matters

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157574
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848485 | DOI:
Justice as Interpersonal

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This chapter describes the first meeting of Nazis' children and the children of Holocaust survivors through group discussions sponsored by the Harvard Medical Education Center in an attempt to restore an equal moral relationship between both groups. The facilitator of the program managed the flow of discussion and kept a record of the relevant occurrences through video tape. Part of the data analyses included observable communication patterns, negative socio-emotional responses (withdrawal responses and attack responses) that hinders sharing about past injustices, and evaluation of their interaction during conversations. Overall, the experience was cathartic — participants were able to release most of their bottled tension. Unfortunately, the group discussions did not bring their ideas into any collaborative standpoint and participants remained resistant throughout.

Keywords: Nazis; children; Holocaust survivors; group discussions; moral relationship; communication patterns; withdrawal responses; attack responses; past injustices; tension

Chapter.  10540 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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