The Genocidal Temptation: Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Rwanda, and Beyond

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By drawing on diverse disciplines and theories, Robert Frey's collection of essays makes an important contribution to Holocaust and Genocide history. Scholars will find particularly interesting the contributions on neutralizing genocidal tendencies and those dealing with trauma and memory in the wake of the Holocaust. The essays on Hiroshima, too, will spark a needed discussion about what constitutes genocide and the dangers of comparative victimization. -- Jonathan C. Friedman, Ph.D., Director, Holocaust and Genocide Education Center, West Chester University With genocide, an inescapable part of what Hannah Arendt called the 'terrible century' just past, raising serious questions is more important than presuming definitive answers. What I most appreciate about this book, dedicated to the exploration of genocide through various disciplinary perspectives and particular instances, is precisely the way in which the authors challengingly pose such questions. Fresh and sometimes irreverent in their approaches, the contributors place mass killing inescapably on our collective agenda. That is why I recommend this book with real enthusiasm. -- Michael R. Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto; author of The Holocaust in History This unique collection of essays by renowned scholars from many disciplines offers current reflections upon major incidents of genocides that have plagued us in the 20th century. One of the disturbing theses of this volume is the prediction that the 'genocidal temptation' might increase in the future in proportion to our ever-expanding technological and bureaucratic power unless we find ways and means to control this terrifying menace. -- Dr. Viktoria Hertling, Professor & Director, Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Peace Studies, University of Nevada, Reno Robert Frey makes a significant contribution by compiling the reflections of key scholars who have thought long and hard about the Holocaust and other genocides. While warning that the temptations of genocide have not diminished with the twenty-first century's arrival they also help to show how those temptations may best be resisted. In these provocative pages, anguish and hope mix and mingle urgently. -- John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College A rich discussion of why genocide happens and what can be done to prevent it. ...Through definitional preciseness, concerned with avoiding a definitional process that dehumanizes conflict, and the adept marshalling of theological arguments, Frey's collection poses important and haunting questions. His multidisciplinary approach is a provocative introduction for the student interested in the topic of genocide and willing to grapple with it complexities. -- Sarah Rice Harvard Human Rights Journal Far more than just another collection of 'lest we forget' essays, this volume of original, current perspectives on the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries breaks important new ground by focusing on 'genocidal temptations' of the present and future as well as the past. By including the work of established scholars in philosophy and theology along with history and psychology, the editor has successfully organized an innovative, comprehensive analysis of the seductive rationalizations leading to massive outbreaks of human destruction. It could well be an essential life preserver as we face the threatening uncertainties of the new millennium. -- Dr. Leon Rappoport, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Kansas State University and co-author with George M. Kren of The Holocaust and the Crisis o

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The fact that Auschwitz, Hiroshima, and Rwanda cast ominous shadows forward into the future compels us to confront these horrific results of the human head, heart, and hand. In Genocidal Temptation, Robert Frey presents a compelling, integrated focus directed toward the Nazi killing programs, American atomic bombings in Japan, Tutsi massacres in Rwanda, Soviet genocide in Lithuania, and other mass killing and repression programs.

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