Elliot, Gil (1931-) -Twentieth century book of the dead (1972) [Allen Lane The Penguin Press; London; p.242]
My sketch for a substantial history of the Civil War period in Russia would begin with a shape something like a pyramid: (diagram) This is really a very important shape. You could say it was the shape of violence in the twentieth century. [p.29]
The type of violence perpetrated on Russian civilians in the Second World War give us a pyramid similar to that of the Russian Civil War period. [p.58]
The pentagon of the death camps, Chelmno, treblinka, belsec, Sobibor and Auschwitz. Enclosed ghettoes are at Lodz, Warsaw and Lublin and in the general area inside the pentagon. To the east, unenclosed ghettoes occur in the Baltic States, as at Riga, () Minsk, Lwow, causing privation and also feeding in to death camps. To the west and south, people from western and central European countries are brought in by train mainly to Auschwitz. [p.79]
Camp privation is a highly conscious process, invbolving collection and movement of people, and selective identity of the victim. [p.126]
It's amazing in how many different ways the life can be squeezed out of people. It had never occured to me that a sizeable number of people might have died in 'transit' - in the sheer bungling inefficiency of forced movement. [p.129]
The technologies which are worked chiefly, or almost exclusively, on males are the combat machineries of big guns and small arms, the system of combat disease, priosner-of-war camps and formal execution, and some massacres. () A proportion of women share in some of the paranthropic systems (). I have assumed that demographic violence is also selective (0 as to man and woman in about the same proportion. [p.155]
Long, long ago the mystique of power passed from religion to the state. But for a long time therafter it was supported by the sacred myth supplied by religion. Now science has got itself into the position of supporting the state mystique with a sacred ritual of terror based on bombs, bacteria and other technologies of death. () The Word of that myth is the logic of Total death. And the nation of the death is the death-myth of the people. [p.195]
The view of the whole offered some immediately obvious advantages. Some forms of violence such as death in transit or from disease amongst soldiers, which are usually marginalized by the conventional paramters, can be seen as significant in their own right in the spectrum of the whole. [p.215]