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Shame, Listlessness, And Lethargy

KLAUS HENTSCHEL

in The Mental Aftermath

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199205660
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191709388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.003.0009
Shame, Listlessness, And Lethargy

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This chapter examines the inability of the majority of Germans to show remorse or shame right after the war from the perspective of physicists. Helplessness before the scale of the Nazi atrocities and the enormity of the collective guilt expressed itself in defensive listlessness and lethargy.

Keywords: Nazi atrocities; collective guilt; shame; listlessness; lethargy

Chapter.  2747 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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