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September 16, 2012

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Barry Sheridan

A macabre article, though right in the sense that you can get most people to do almost anything. Ethnic origins, cultural background, religious inclinations etc can all be overcome in the quest to turn people into unfeeling barbarians. The few capable of withstanding this assault often became victims themselves.

Additionally I learnt from earlier research that some assigned to shoot Jews during this period did, after a time, exhibit disturbing psychological problems, similar effects were also apparent amongst Russian executioners during the Stalin era. In both instances these problems were addressed by the development of more efficient and dehumanising methods of mass killing.

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