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The Resource The mark of Cain : guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators, Katharina von Kellenbach

The mark of Cain : guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators, Katharina von Kellenbach

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The mark of Cain : guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators
Title
The mark of Cain
Title remainder
guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators
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Katharina von Kellenbach
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Mark of Cain fleshes out a history of conversations that contributed to Germany's coming to terms with a guilty past. Katharina von Kellenbach draws on letters exchanged between clergy and Nazi perpetrators, written notes of prison chaplains, memoirs, sermons, and prison publications to illuminate the moral and spiritual struggles of perpetrators after the war. These documents provide intimate insights into the self-reflection and self-perception of perpetrators. As Germany looks back on more than sixty years of passionate debate about political, personal and legal guilt, its ongoing engagement with the legacy of perpetration has transformed its culture and politics. In many post-genocidal societies, it falls to clergy and religious officials (in addition to the courts) to negotiate and create a path for individuals beyond the atrocities of the past. German clergy brought the Christian message of guilt and forgiveness into the internment camps where Nazi functionaries awaited prosecution at the hands of Allied military tribunals and various national criminal courts, or served out their sentences. The loving willingness to forgive and forget displayed towards his errant child by the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son became the paradigm central to Germany's rehabilitation and reintegration of Nazi perpetrators. The problem with Luke's parable in this context, however, is that perpetrators did not ask for forgiveness. Most agents of state crimes felt innocent. Von Kellenbach proposes the story of the mark of Cain as a counter narrative. In contrast to the Prodigal Son, who is quickly forgiven and welcomed back into the house of the father, the fratricide Cain is charged to rebuild his life on the basis of open communication about the past. The story of the Prodigal Son equates forgiveness with forgetting; Cain's story links redemption with remembrance and suggests a strategy of critical engagement with perpetrators"--
  • "In The Mark of Cain, Katharina von Kellenbach draws on letters exchanged between clergy and Nazi perpetrators, written notes of prison chaplains, memoirs, sermons, and prison publications to illuminate the moral and spiritual struggles of perpetrators after the war"--
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1960-
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Kellenbach, Katharina von
Dewey number
940.53/180922
Index
no index present
LC call number
D804.7.M67
LC item number
K45 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • National socialism
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Genocide
  • Holocaust (Christian theology)
  • Catholic Church
  • HISTORY / Europe / Germany
  • RELIGION / General
  • Kriegsverbrecher
  • Judenvernichtung
  • Nationalsozialismus
  • Deutschland
Label
The mark of Cain : guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators, Katharina von Kellenbach
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [265]-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The mark of Cain -- Guilt confessions and amnesty campaigns -- Faith under the gallows: spectacles of innocence in WCP Landsberg -- Cleansed by suffering? the SS general and the human beast -- From honorable sacrifices to lonely scapegoats -- ''Understand my boy this truth about the mistake'': inheriting guilt -- ''Naturally I will stand by my husband'': marital love and loyalty -- ''Absolved from the guilt of the past'': memory as burden and as grace
Control code
821265819
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 287 pages
Isbn
9780199937455
Lccn
2013012867
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)821265819
Label
The mark of Cain : guilt and denial in the post-war lives of Nazi perpetrators, Katharina von Kellenbach
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [265]-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The mark of Cain -- Guilt confessions and amnesty campaigns -- Faith under the gallows: spectacles of innocence in WCP Landsberg -- Cleansed by suffering? the SS general and the human beast -- From honorable sacrifices to lonely scapegoats -- ''Understand my boy this truth about the mistake'': inheriting guilt -- ''Naturally I will stand by my husband'': marital love and loyalty -- ''Absolved from the guilt of the past'': memory as burden and as grace
Control code
821265819
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 287 pages
Isbn
9780199937455
Lccn
2013012867
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)821265819

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