The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp

The Order of Terror The Concentration Camp During the twelve years from until the concentration camp operated as a terror society In this pioneering book the renowned German sociologist Wolfgang Sofsky looks at the concentration ca

  • Title: The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp
  • Author: Wolfgang Sofsky William Templer
  • ISBN: 9780691006857
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • During the twelve years from 1933 until 1945, the concentration camp operated as a terror society In this pioneering book, the renowned German sociologist Wolfgang Sofsky looks at the concentration camp from the inside as a laboratory of cruelty and a system of absolute power built on extreme violence, starvation, terror labor, and the business like extermination of humDuring the twelve years from 1933 until 1945, the concentration camp operated as a terror society In this pioneering book, the renowned German sociologist Wolfgang Sofsky looks at the concentration camp from the inside as a laboratory of cruelty and a system of absolute power built on extreme violence, starvation, terror labor, and the business like extermination of human beings.Based on historical documents and the reports of survivors, the book details how the resistance of prisoners was broken down Arbitrary terror and routine violence destroyed personal identity and social solidarity, disrupted the very ideas of time and space, perverted human work into torture, and unleashed innumerable atrocities As a result, daily life was reduced to a permanent struggle for survival, even as the meaning of self preservation was extinguished Sofsky takes us from the searing, unforgettable image of the Muselmann Auschwitz jargon for the walking dead to chronicles of epidemics, terror punishments, selections, and torture.The society of the camp was dominated by the S.S and a system of graduated and forced collaboration which turned selected victims into accomplices of terror Sofsky shows that the S.S was not a rigid bureaucracy, but a system with ample room for autonomy The S.S demanded individual initiative of its members Consequently, although they were not required to torment or murder prisoners, officers and guards often exploited their freedom to do so in passing or on a whim, with cause, or without.The order of terror described by Sofsky culminated in the organized murder of millions of European Jews and Gypsies in the death factories of Auschwitz and Treblinka By the end of this book, Sofsky shows that the German concentration camp system cannot be seen as a temporary lapse into barbarism Instead, it must be conceived as a product of modern civilization, where institutionalized, state run human cruelty became possible with or without the mobilizing feelings of hatred.

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    1. Un libro di sociologia scritto come se fosse un noir, quasi un hard boiled. Scrittura paratattico fino al fastidio, sono frasi che aspirano tutte all'immediatezza della sentenza, in uno stile eccessivamente senecano. Inoltre, la struttura paratattica sembra voler testimoniare la difficoltà di dare un nesso logico a questi dati, che si sviluppano per accumulo. Il mondo contemporaneo è troppo complesso: c'è una rinuncia a trovare le connessioni, ma si continua a guardare la realtà. Il titolo [...]

    2. Sofsky avrebbe dovuto invertire l'organizzazione del libro.Avrebbe dovuto stendere il testo vero e proprio come ha scritto la nota bibiografica e viceversa.Il testo è dispersivo e vago, e pervicace nell'analizzare i suoi oggetti (il rischio e la sicurezza) con affermazioni apodittiche, quasi sempre avulse dai contesti storici o sociali cui pure dovrebbero riferirsi, e quasi senza alcun dato concreto.In sostanza, come certi oroscopi, dice quanto basta per non esser smentito dal confronto coi fat [...]

    3. This books presents a sociological study of the system of the camps. The style is quite academic and without a formal background in sociology I struggled a little with some of the concepts. The central tenet of the book is the concept of absolute power and terror.There are sections dealing with the history of the camps, the ordering of space and time, the social structures, labor and work, and the death factories.There are few personal accounts, but the facts remain harrowing and disturbing to r [...]

    4. It was excellent: This book was so good. It helped me to do a project and now I read it just for fun. I loved it so much it is scary. I have read other books like this one, but they didn't help me as much like this one. The other books weren't very interessting to read for fun, this one is. You should read it because it is the best book in the world. I guarrenty it!

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