Eugen Kogon, the author or this book, was a left-wing German political prisoner at Buchenwald concentration camp. Throughout this book, he praises left-wing. Eugen Kogon (February 2, – December 24, ) was a historian and a survivor of the Holocaust. A well-known Christian opponent of the Nazi Party. Eugen Kogon. (Munich) – (Falkenstein). Professor for Scientific Politics. “To this day, at the age of seventy-one, it still happens to me that I thrash .

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This analysis of euugen psychology perhaps serves as his attempt to explain how the concentration camps were able to function as they did.

Kogon writes that the SS were simple examples of basic psychological laws in the evolution of interior minds. It is disturbing, a challenge to read, both because of the words used and the emotional impact.

Books by Eugen Kogon. The intellectual capacity of the SS members, even that of the highest leaders, was well below the average of other German citizens. Others were taken into building 61 in which they were gassed in private or given lethal injections.

Thus, according to Kogon, SS were men who had been bred to hate man who were not helpless and uneducated like themselves. According to Kogon’s own statements, he was able to develop a relationship bordering on trust with Kkgon, after becoming his clerk in She also emphasizes the variety of adaptations that inmates could choose.

In a sense the subordinate had to kkgon his way between these two attitudes. The Theory and Practice of Hell is his classic account of life inside. A personal account of Buchenwald concentration camp by Dr Eugen Kogon. And his book is a testament, not only to basic, brute survival and reading it, you start to wonder how anyoneany single solitary human being, survived the concentration camps, much less survived for years on endbut to the survival of the things that make us more than brutes.

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It is written with a steady hand, whilst never forgetting that it discusses a shaky subject. It is one of the most horrifying books I have ever r What makes this book uegen in the literature of the Holocaust is it’s proximity in time to the actual events. Among the “concentrationaries”, underground organizations were developed to facilitate communication and exploit opportunities to improve the chances of survival.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fascinating and horrific but a must read lest we forget.

He tries to understand how the camp works, to uncover its structure and social organization. And while I’m throwing out tangents, here’s another one: Lots of pencil underlinings and margin comments in my copy.

He died on December 24, in Falkenstein, Hesse, Germany. Other, less fortunate inmates were arbitrarily assigned to the quarry and excavation work that would inevitably lead to their death. I read something two years ago that blows this out of the water.

But he firmly believed that he had to show the camp in honest, unflinching detail. Definitely worth eugeb read for anyone interested in the period of the 3rd Reich. Kogon instead wrote many essays taking a critical look at the Adenauer government.

The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them

No scientific evidence has ever been found nor has corroborated the flagrant and albeit ridiculous stories told by those that claim to have “survived” the camps. An intimate telling of the operations and inter workings of German concentration camps written by a political prisoner that survived five and a half years at Buchenwald. He also writes about a prominent friend-foe dichotomy which existed among the SS. The chapters on ‘the psychology of All the stastics seem to be included in chilling detail.


Eugen Kogon

The Gestapo kigon had recourse to the charge of homosexuality, if it was unable to find any other pretext for proceeding against Catholic priests or irksome critics. The System of the German Concentration Camps”first published inwhich still stands as the basic reference on Nazi crimes.

What was my motivation for reading a graphically detailed text about the mentality behind, and the day-to-day life in German concentration camps? Oct 30, Carl Macki rated it it was amazing. Not only did the prisoners have a general difference in psychology with the SS, but different classes of inmates had mentalities that often threatened or rivaled kgon of the SS.

Eugen Kogon – Technische Universität Darmstadt

It is written in the tone of a coroner’s report dissecting the remains of a murder victim. Kogon argues that klgon primitive psychological mechanisms at work in the minds of the SS and their lack of conflict between instinct and reason, coupled with the mental decline and adaptation to camp life by the prisoners, allowed the concentration camps to function as they did.

With the discussion of discipline in the camp one gets a feeling for the pain that inmates must have felt. Eugene Kogon a political prisoner since led the effort, and this is the result. Unlike many other books by survivors who published immediately after the war, The Theory and Practice of Hell is more than a personal account. It was no such thing.