chapter  2
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FIGURING THE HOLOCAUST

Singularity and the purification of space
ByMarcus A. Doel, David B. Clarke

The enormity of the death and destruction conveyed by the names Auschwitz and the Holocaust is an indelible stain on the fabric of the twentieth century. If one were forced to single out one sequence of events that necessitated an insistence on the ‘dark side’ of modernity, on the real and potential horrors that accompany rationalization, bureaucratization, adiaphorization, the will to power and order, and the will to purity and propriety, then the Holocaust would no doubt be it.