am 4. April 2009
"In his thoughts, Herman spoke a eulogy for the mouse who had shared a portion of her life with him and who, because of him, had left this earth. 'What do they know -- all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world -- about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.'"
This famous quote from the Jewish literature Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, to whom this book is dedicated, led to controversial discussions.
Can the Third Reich Holocaust be compared with what mankind is doing to the animals? Taking the phrase "they were treated like animals", we confirm that the way we treat animals often is a brutal crime. The book shows the historical development of ideologies and technologies of mass-killing - of both animals and humans. It also shows that tolerated violence against animals can easily lead to violence against humans.
Table of Contents:
= A Fundamental Debacle =
1. The Great Divide - Human Supremacy and the Exploitation of Animals
2. Wolves, Apes, Pigs, Rats, Vermin - Vilifying Others as Animals
= Master Species, Master Race =
3. The Industrialization of Slaughter - The Road to Auschwitz Through America
4. Improving the Herd - From Animal Breeding to Genocide
5. Without the Homage of a Tear - Killing Centers in America and Germany
= Holocaust Echoes =
6. We Were Like That Too - Holocaust-Connected Animal Advocates
7. This Boundless Slaughterhouse - The Compassionate Vision of Isaac Bashevis Singer
8. The Other Side of the Holocaust - German Voices for the Voiceless