Good Signs

Good Signs : Freedom Came in May

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Iakovos Kambanellis wrote 'Freedom came in May' as a result of time spent in Mauthausen Concentration camp in Upper Austria, and the title refers to his unexpected release by American forces in May 1945. His personal memoir is of being arrested with no recourse in law, and of freight journeys between different camps. At the same time ordinary people completely ignored those heading for the camps as they led their normal lives. It was proof of Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil". Further proof is given in the lack of human language for detainees. Human beings controlled as units or numbers are remade as non-human, with no family, occupation or personality, and so can be disposed of at will.
Why does such evil occur, and why are there no monsters involved, only ordinary people?Hannah Arendt also spoke of the lack of language among the perpetrators of such evil; if one is unable to apply words of all-pervasive custom to one's actions, such as "no murder', one cannot form the pervasive custom in one's brain.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 51 pages
  • 148 x 210mm
  • Southam, United Kingdom
  • 1 black and white photo
  • 1909275344
  • 9781909275348

Table of contents

1. A state with deadly borders 14
The concentration camp and its surroundings 15
Everybody knew 19
2 The SS in the concentration camp 20 The football field 21
3 Admitting prisoners into the camp 23 Photo: Inmate beside the Wailing Wall 25
4 Rulers and forced labour in the concentration camp 26 Poem 'Andonis' 30
5 Solidarity in the concentration camp 33 Strength to carry on 35
6 Life after the liberation of the camp 37
Poem: When the war is over
7 Concentration camp and community 41
No State within a State 45
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About Patricia Hughes

Patricia Hughes holds a B A (Hons) in German and an M A in Politics.
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