ABOUT THE BOOK “CONFRONTING EVIL: TWO JOURNEYS”

Career development, routes to evil

From Amazon: “CONFRONTING EVIL describes Fred Emil Katz’s two journeys in response to surviving the Holocaust. One journey is that of a survivor who tries to come to terms with his own survival, and who must cope with survival guilt as well as the sense of rootlessness that can go along with it (From Fred Emil Katz: What does my “sense of rootlessness” refer to? Here is an example — shown in my moving form place to place: I had moved 36 times, when I stopped counting my movings. I hate moving). The other journey is that of a behavioral scientist who, after years of psychological denial, develops new ways of understanding and addressing genocide and other acts of social evil.

In an attempt to respond constructively to some of the major horrors of the past one hundred years, Katz emphasizes the moral context under which we live, which he calls “The Local Moral Universe.” This Local Moral Universe can provide the umbrella for the most magnificently humane activities, yet it can also underwrite horrendously evil deeds. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how the Local Moral Universe comes about, how it exists as a distinct and identifiable entity, and the impact it has on human behavior. Only then can societies hope to prevent such horrors from happening in the future.”

The book also examines personal careers that defy the obvious:
—How an exceptionally sensitive and caring Christian physician — who secretly treated Jews in his medical practice when other Christian physicians shunned Jews — came to contribute very substantially to the Auschwitz concentration camp’s campaign of horror.
—How the head of the Auschwitz concentration camp could (and did) persuade himself that he is appalled by the cruelties at Auschwitz.

They teach us about journeys to evil.