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Steven Baum’s The Psychology of Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders and Rescuers

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Jan Polek

Gonzaga University, US
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Baum’s work raises difficult questions, but he presents concrete solutions for the reader. The book is scholarly in intent without being pedantic. There is a liberal use of endnotes for each chapter, a wide selection of tables and figures, and a comprehensive index. It would be helpful for readers to have a general understanding of key conformity studies, but most readers will be able to follow Baum’s review of major genocidal events and his belief in the possibility of an emotionally developed world in which “rescuer qualities” will be esteemed. Certainly this text is a strong addition to the widening field of holocaust and diversity studies, and equally important to those readers committed to improving community life. It is an effective plea for citizens to move toward the “emotional higher road.”

How to Cite: Polek, J., 2009. Steven Baum’s The Psychology of Genocide: Perpetrators, Bystanders and Rescuers. Journal of Hate Studies, 7(1), p.103. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33972/jhs.61
Published on 01 Jan 2009.

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