Giving and Sharing in Concentration Camps: the Impact of Third Party Influences

Studying giving/sharing in concentration camps (through analyzing memoirs) seemingly yields contradictions. On the one hand, survivors suggested that they and others were self-absorbed (“every man for himself”) – on the other hand, most survivors also described touching scenes in which they and/or others shared along a giving continuum, from small mementos to boost morale to the potential sacrifice of one’s life for another. The likelihood of such gifts was, of course, linked to relations between individuals. More interestingly, a set of norms also emerged to guide such behavior. In this paper, we explore these norms, and the underlying relational processes from which they spring.


Tina Lowrey and Jill Klein (2007) ,"Giving and Sharing in Concentration Camps: the Impact of Third Party Influences", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 34, eds. Gavan Fitzsimons and Vicki Morwitz, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 422-428.


Tina Lowrey, University of Texas at San Antonio
Jill Klein, INSEAD


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 34 | 2007

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