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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Unlike many other books by survivors who published immediately after the war, The Theory and Practice of Hell is more than a personal account. Closely tied to such an analysis is his discussion of the inmates who were imprisoned in any one of the numerous camps. The details of Buchenwald are chilling and kovon, whereas his information about the system overall is somewhat more theoretical and less convincing.

In order to put the mystery to rest and explain the success of the Nazi state, Kogon outlines everything inside the Buchenwald camp, from the political strife between the SS guards themselves to the lethal injections that claimed thousands of unknowing lives. None of them was soiled by corruption or other camp misdeeds. For most of those affected it was already too late.

Thus, a man could either fall into extreme mental decline, if he had been lucky enough to not already perish physically, or he could begin to adapt himself to the life in the camps. All that was truly needed was the awareness that as a members of the SS, they were members of an elite and master class. But he is also doing his best to be clear, to explain. Contrasting greatly with the psychology of the SS, the inmates of the camp were forced to kogoh with the toll that being taken from the outside and put on the inside would take on their mental capacity and ability.

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Therefore, all SS have to bind potential friends together and destroy all other groupings Koehl Explains that the process of devaluation that was implemented by the SS guards which was largely conceived of and executed with a scientific acumen. I wanted to understand how the Holocaust was carried out after visiting Dachau. Very matt-of-fact and systematic, with specific anecdotes to illustrate day-to-day life. They quickly reached a circulation of 75, which was very high for that time and, until klgon, remained one of the most influential socio-political and cultural magazines in the kogln era.


Conclusion Like Kogon, Koehl and Fein both emphasize the impact that the psychology of the Kgon had on the psychology of the inmates. Lots of pencil underlinings and margin comments in my copy. He quickly turned away from Konrad Adenauer ‘s CDU, which was not interested in communal ownership and nationalization of key industries.

It requires altogether extraordinary personal qualifications to rise consciously above the drift of a mass. Eugene Kogon did not set out to write a sensationalist account in order to shock and inspire pity. Upon being driven into the camp, inmates had two choices. Because the breadth of the subject is so large, this book would best serve as a compliment to other literature on the subject, perhaps volumes discussing the politics involved throughout this time period or biographies of the major players in the SS that Kogon briefly mentions.

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Definitely worth the read for anyone interested in the period of the 3rd Reich. It’s chilling just how evil man can be. He feels dissolved and sheltered a he follows the trend of the whole, even into the abyss.

Jun 27, Alexandria rated it really liked it. The systems behind the German concentration camps and the experience of those living behind the barbed wire fences have long been a mystery to those who were not there. He studied national economics and sociology at the universities of Munich, Florence jogon Vienna. Lacking the more human element of other books on the subject made it, for me, less involving. Nov 21, Joseph Dean rated it kgoon liked it.

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

More specifically, though, they are, willfully or ignorantly, failing to understand a fundamental feature of Nazi existence, which one approaches from one side with Shulamit Volkov’s observation that “Nazism was a spoken culture” Volkov, “The Written Matter and the Spoken Word: Truth does not fear investigation.

It is a good read, but I did not learn anything new and found it much less rel This is an evidence gathering report that was submitted by Eugen Kogon after the war and, as such, is quite dry. The ending of the historical account is focused on the psychology of both the SS and the inmates. As the allies closed in, a great deal was done to prepare for the inevitable collapse of the Nazi regime in terms of anticipation for whatever desperate “last gasp” move the enemy might make.


It gives you a deep look at the system of the concentration camps and all the tragedies related. For a modern audience, there isn’t a lot new here, and more recent research has corrected a lot of the data given, but there is a certain power in reading the words of someone who actually experienced the caps, so it remains in print and can be useful as a teaching tool.

All this took place within sight of or within hours of someone being tortured and murdered.

He also writes about a prominent friend-foe dichotomy which existed ekgen the SS. This is an evidence gathering report that was submitted by Eugen Kogon after the war and, as such, is quite dry. Definitely worth the r Kogon’s book is a clear analysis of his experiences at Buchenwald, detailing the lives of prisoners and SS soldiers, the psychology of the incarcerated and the incarcerator and the attempts at survival made possible by a certain unity between the victims.

My father-in-law gave me this frightening book as a gift. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Among the “concentrationaries”, underground organizations were developed to facilitate communication and exploit opportunities to improve the chances of survival.

As a lesson from Nazism, Kogon kkogon called for departure from a traditional nation-state and fought for the establishment of a European Republic. 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.

The Theory and Practice of Hell was written by an Austrian Catholic who survived Buchenwald from to the liberation of the camp in Essay back to top. In Marchhe was arrested a third time and, in Septemberwas deported to Buchenwald, where he spent the next six years as “prisoner number “.