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Intimate Murder

Intimate Murder

Dr. Robert Rozett

Most people think of the Holocaust as an event of industrial killing, symbolized by a vast undertaking of streamlined, anonymous mass murder. Yet that wasn’t always the case. From a very early stage, many of the atrocities committed by both the Nazis and their collaborators were carried out in an “intimate” fashion, wherein the victims knew their persecutors, and vice versa.

Does this aspect of the Holocaust surprise you? Were you aware of it before?


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