CAN A PERPETRATOR WRITE A TESTIMONIO? Moral Lessons from the Dark Side
Author: Twiss, Sumner B.
Source: Journal of Religious Ethics, Volume 38, Number 1, 1 March 2010 , pp. 5-42(38)
By posing a heuristically provocative question, this essay compares and explores in some detail the testimonies of three infamous perpetrators from the Nazi period—Albert Speer, Rudolph Hoess, and Adolf Eichmann—for what they reveal about their motives, ideological thinking, and strategies of denial and self-deception, as well as influences from their social, political, and cultural context. The conclusion drawn is that many of the external and internal factors at work in them are recognizable to us as features of our own moral experience and, further, that this recognition is particularly important for motivating self-scrutiny in our own lives for any hints of impending complicity with moral evil.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Religion DepartmentFlorida State UniversityDodd Hall M05Tallahassee, FL 32306850.644.4552, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: March 1, 2010