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Of Mind and Murder: Toward a More Comprehensive Psychology of the Holocaust

George R. Mastroianni


How could the Holocaust have happened? How could people do such things to other people? Were all or most of the perpetrators insane? Are psychologically normal people capable of committing such unspeakable violence? Were Germans willing participants in the genocidal enterprise, or were they mainly influenced by evil leaders? Is the potential for genocidal behavior universal—could something like the Holocaust happen anywhere, anytime? Such questions have motivated much discussion of the Holocaust, and psychologists have been contributing to the discussion from the very beginning. Of Mind and Mu ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, psychology, Germans, genocide, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190638238
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190638238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George R. Mastroianni, author
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado