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"Muslim fatalism" in Auschwitz

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Submitted by Peter Suedfeld (Canada), Sep 17, 2015 at 20:21

Very interesting article, thank you -- a much deeper analysis than most I've seen on the 'Net.

A note on perceptions of Muslim fatalism: In Auschwitz, an inmate who had "given up"-- that is, stopped getting up for headcounts or work, didn't eat, etc., and just waited passively for death -- was called a "Musselmann." Some victims could be snapped out of it by a sudden shock. Later studies found that this was most likely a symptom of extreme malnourishment.

http://religionresearch.org/closer/2015/05/04/muselmann-the-jews-who-became-muslims-in-auschwitz/

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