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‘Tolerance means weakness’: the Dachau concentration camp S.S., militarism and masculinity

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-389
Number of pages17
Issue number232
Early online date12 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

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Dachau concentration camp served throughout the pre-war period of the Third Reich as the national ‘school of violence’ for S.S. concentration camp personnel. Yet, typically of the pre-war Nazi camps, its history has been written by former prisoners rather than historians and offers little analysis of the S.S. personnel. This article focuses on these personnel by considering the contribution of the entangled concepts of militarism and masculinity to the ‘Dachau School’ and to the particularly violent culture of Dachau. It concludes that any attempt to account for the conduct of the guards must incorporate these cultural ideals and their influence on social relationships in the camp.

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