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Freezing Sacred Man: Myth, Philosophy, And Medicine's Practice Of Curing Undesirables

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This chapter explores the role of water in the expulsion, persecution, and torture of humans at the interstices of literature, myth, history, religion, and cultural studies. It aims to create links between history, cultural theory, and post-war German literature in view of Germans as victims, a paradigm that comprises a number of groups including but not limited to the victims during the Third Reich and post-war German victims, of the air raids, for example, or, as we can see in the case of Bad Nenndorf, Germans as victims of the interrogation techniques performed by the Allied Forces. The contextualisation of the history of the use of water in 'curing' undesirables, which ranges from the segregation of the insane on rivers to water boarding terrorists, with two literary examples will reveal the deeper relationship between the persecution of mental insanity, of Jews, Germans, and Muslims.

Keywords: Germans; Jews; Muslims; water boarding terrorists



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