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The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp During the twelve years fromuntil , 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power built on extreme violence, starvation, terror labor, and the business like extermination of human beings Based on historical documents and the reports of survivors, the book details how the resistance of prisoners was broken down Arbitrary terror and routine violence destroyed personal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 SS and a system of graduated and forced collaboration which turned selected victims into accomplices of terror Sofsky shows that the SS was not a rigid bureaucracy, but a system with ample room for autonomy The SS 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 Booklist

About the Author: Wolfgang Sofsky

Wolfgang Sofsky, geboren 1952, lehrte als Professor f r Soziologie an den Universit ten G ttingen und Erfurt Seit 2001 arbeitet er als Privatgelehrter, Autor und politischer Kommentator 1993 erhielt er den Geschwister Scholl Preis f r Die Ordnung des Terrors Seine Essays sind regelm ig in der deutschsprachigen Presse zu lesen und im Rundfunk zu h ren.

10 thoughts on “The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp

  1. Gerardo Gerardo says:

    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 difficolt di dare un nesso logico a questi dati, che si sviluppano per accumulo Il mondo contemporaneo troppo complesso c una rinuncia a trovare le

  2. Alicia ☕️ Alicia ☕️ says:

    We had the opportunity of reading the majority of this book in a University class on the sociology of power, and I need to say it is one of the best ones I ve ever read on WW2 and Holocaust in general Excellently researched, the data and schemes are not overused and serve as an illustration of depicted theories The book offers a sociological view on the emotionally discussed topic, distancing itself at the same time from pop cultu

  3. Gregg Gregg says:

    Very Sobering Good Read.

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  5. Yupa Yupa says:

    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 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

  6. Ian Ian says:

    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 rema

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