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Justice Matters: Legacies of the Holocaust and World War II Hardcover – January 29, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0195157574 ISBN-10: 0195157575 Edition: 1st
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In 1992 Weissmark brought together 22 Jews and Germans for a four-day meeting at Harvard University. They were sons and daughters of concentration camp survivors and sons and daughters of Nazis. Weissmark, a psychologist and the child of Holocaust survivors, undertook a study to examine how injustice influences interpersonal behavior as the participants tried to come to terms with the past and with each other. Drawing on interviews and the conference findings, the book uncovers a complex story and reveals how unjust, painful events of years ago continue to shape the legacies of both survivors' and Nazis' children. Weissmark explores the question, "Can good people pursue heinous acts?"; reviews research concerning the psychology of injustice; analyzes research concerning people's experience of injustice; and provides a framework for understanding how emotions and cognitions follow the perception of injustice. The book is a major contribution to the study of the descendants of survivors and perpetrators. George Cohen
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"...a significant addition to the literature of the Holocaust...the potential of this important book far exceeds its perspectives on the Holocaust..." -Harvard Review

"...covers interesting ground of use to second generations who will be working through the issues for many years to come."--Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195157575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195157574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In "Justice Matters" Mona Weissmark has made unique and critical contributions to a central problem ouf our times. How can the children of those who survived the genocidal crimes of the Holocaust come to understand the children of those who perpetrated those crimes? Can understanding bring reconciliation and lift the burden of the past from the shoulders of both groups? In this book Weissmark described her groundbreaking work whereby she brought the children of Holocaust victims face to face with the children of Nazis for discussion of their feelings - rage, resentment, guilt, defensiveness and denial - and the extraordinary consequences that followed. Compassion and forgiveness, reconciliation and recognition of past crimes emerge to point a way to the peaceful solution of intense differences of a kind that threaten the peace of the world in or own day.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Posner on March 4, 2004
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As an author and journalist who has studied this field for years, I found Mona Weissmark's "Justice Matters" an important addition to the history of Holocaust literature, and our never-ending quest to understand the why to Nazi crimes. In her search for ultimate answers to such fundamental questions such as whether good people can pursue heinous acts, or whether there is an absolute truth to issues of morality and justice about the crimes of World War II, Weissmark successfully stimulates a vigorous and fascinating debate. She unmasks the complexity behind matters that too often are oversimplified. No student of history or the Holocaust can finish Justice Matters without being moved by her comprehensive study of the children of both survivors and Nazis, and come to the realization of how their subjective views profoundly affect our own thinking. But you don't have to be someone interested merely in the subject matter to find the exposition and discussion of the central themes of good and evil and crime and forgiveness to be fascinating and compelling.
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