'Screen confessions': A fresh analysis of Nazi perpetrators' 'newspeak'

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Through a close reading of Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones (HarperCollins, New York, 2009)- A fictional autobiography describing the life of a former officer in the SS who, decades later, tells the story of a crucial part of his life when he was an active member of the security forces of the Third Reich, as well as perpetrators' testimonies from World War II-this paper focuses on five forms of linguistic attack on linking, by means of which the perpetrator turns his/her allegedly testimonial text into a false representation of a coherent discourse that in fact undermines its own validity. This is achieved by the creation of a double language that dissociates between explicit and implicit meaning, actually rewriting factual and emotional history alike.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-114
Number of pages18
JournalPsychoanalysis, Culture and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018

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  • attacks on linking
  • confession
  • perpetrator's language
  • screen memories
  • testimony
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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