September 19, 2020
This short blog piece is an attempt to summarize renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s approach to Holocaust in the light of his book entitled “Modernity and the Holocaust”
The holocaust which is characterized by the brutally murder of millions of people is a black mark in history. Zygmunt Bauman has interpreted the Holocaust together with the phenomenon of modernity in his book “Modernity and the Holocaust”. Bauman saw the Holocaust as an expected, outcome of modernity. Bauman regarded the Holocaust as “normal” because according to Bauman, the Holocaust was constructed by an “unenlightened” segment. From Bauman’s point of view, this massacre could have been carried out differently with the rational programming, bureaucratization and methodology provided by modernity.
According to Bauman, modernity is rational and it aims progress. For him, modern civilization is not a sufficient condition of the Holocaust, but an absolutely necessary condition.
In summary, it can be said that, Bauman interpreted the Holocaust together with the phenomenon of modernity in his book “Modernity and Holocaust”. Instead of evaluating the Holocaust as a unique event in history, Bauman tried to reveal that Holocaust was an expected outcome of modernity.
For a more detailed profile of Bauman, see the following article from the Guardian:
For Bauman’s book “Modernity and the Holocaust” see Amazon profile:
Author : Begum Burak