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CASEMIRO, Fúlvio César  and  MARTINEZ, Viviana Carola Velasco. Black humor: defense and translation of horror in the Shoah. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.1, pp. 276-290. ISSN 1809-5267.

We analyze the black humor produced by the victims of the Nazi concentration camps during the social catastrophe that was the Shoah, from the point of view of the defense, proposed by Freud, with the enlargement of the ego, preserving his narcissistic integrity, and as an odd way to extract pleasure from pain itself. Also from the point of view of psychic translation of the sexual, with the Theory of Generalized Seduction of J. Laplanche. This concerns both the translation of excess transmitted by the executioner, extreme violence, as well as the retranslation of polymorphic perverse reactivated in the victims themselves. We discuss the paradox that is installed because if on one hand the black Humor would have a defensive and translational function of the excess to those who produce and who laughs with that, on the other hand, may represent an act of aggression and victimization of those who are laughed at.

Keywords : Psychoanalysis; Black humor; Generalized Theory of Seduction; Shoah; Trauma; Shoah.

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