Almost everyone [inside the camp] talked freely of having seen mass graves or houses full of bodies — but upon questioning, acknowledged the information was secondhand, from a friend or relative
Our desire to maintain such consistency and avoid changing our attitudes if we possibly can accounts for the results of Allport's and Postman's study (1954 ). Subjects were asked to describe a picture which showed a white man arguing with a black man. The white had an open razor in his hand. As the story was passed from one to another the details changed. Those who were prejudiced against blacks changed the details so that it was the black who held the razor.
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