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Animals in the Third Reich : pets, scapegoats, and the Holocaust

Author: Boria Sax
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2000.
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"This is the first book to explore the paradox of the Nazi cult of animals and the obsession with the annhilation of "biologically inferior" people." "Animals in the Third Reich begins by contrasting Jewish, Christian, and polytheistic traditions relating to animals in Germany, and examines the ways that the Nazi movement adopted, altered, challenged, or exploited these traditions. This discussion covers several  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Boria Sax
ISBN: 0826412890 9780826412898 9780826414083 0826414087
OCLC Number: 43992652
Description: 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Why Animals? 15 --
Part 1 Animals and the Intellectual Origins of National Socialism --
2 Predator and Prey 27 --
3 Romantic Terror 36 --
Part 2 Symbolism of Animals in Nazi Germany --
4 Grandfather Ape 47 --
5 Blood of the Lamb 56 --
6 Sacrificial Pig 64 --
7 Aryan Wolf 72 --
8 Jewish Dog 81 --
9 Our Comrade in Arms, the Horse 92 --
Part 3 Treatment, Theory, Research --
10 Mystical Technocracy 101 --
11 Animals, Nature, and the Law 110 --
12 Animal Psychology 124 --
Part 4 Sacrifice and Death --
13 Slaughter 139 --
14 Sacrifice 151 --
15 Hell of Auschwitz 159 --
16 Cult of Death 166 --
Appendix 1 Law on Animal Protection 175 --
Appendix 2 Brief Chronology of Legislation on Animals and Nature in the Third Reich 181.
Responsibility: Boria Sax ; foreword by Klaus P. Fischer.
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By equating the Nazi party with "nature", the Nazis reduced ethics to biology. Predators were exalted along with party leaders, while enemies were identified as sheep for slaugher. This social  Read more...


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