Invariably, as a frequent lecturer on the Holocaust, I am asked variations of the cliché, Why did Jews go like sheep to the slaughter? Behind this question is a blatantly false assumption that the opportunities to resist were present, but Jews simply failed to take advantage of them—in other words, the victims themselves were partly to blame for their own destruction.
One of the early proponents of this view was Bruno Bettelheim, a Jewish psychoanalyst from Vienna, who had been incarcerated in Dachau and Buchenwald before immigrating to the United States in 1939.
In his...Read More
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