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The unending flow of publications on the holocaust is an indication of the many important but unanswered and probably unanswerable questions that it provoked. How could it happen? How could massively organized murder be approved of or at least tolerated by a civilized nation? Was it a gigantic outbreak of a psychological aberration, which might occur again? How could hell on earth be accepted by the victims without resistance? What was the effect of life at the edge of death on the physical and mental sanity of the survivors? Historians, social philosophers, physicians, and psychologists have wrestled with these questions
Survivors, Victims, and Perpetrators. Essays on the Nazi Holocaust.. Ann Intern Med. ;94:719. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-5-719_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(5):719.
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