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The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Post-War Lives of Nazi Perpetrators

Katharina von Kellenbach


This book traces the presence of guilt and its denial in the lives of imprisoned Nazi perpetrators after 1945. Based on archival documents and the correspondence between perpetrators and prison chaplains who provided pastoral care in Allied internment camps and military and West German prisons, the book provides intimate insights into Nazi perpetrators’ self-perception and self-reflection beyond their public postures in courtrooms and the media. The book proceeds chronologically and examines how individual convicts of Nazi crimes articulated, or more often denied, moral responsibility in the d ... More

Keywords: national socialism, guilt, denial, perpetrators atrocity, moral repair, prison chaplains, pastoral care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199937455
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina von Kellenbach, author
St. Mary's College of Maryland