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Now for something completely different: my article on German memory

By Dan Fleshler | October 30, 2009

Here is an article I wrote for the upcoming issue of Reform Judaism magazine. It is about a remarkable group of Germans who work hard, often anonomously, to reconstruct the culture and perpetuate the memory of the Jews who once lived among them.

The editors stripped much of the energy and life from my prose. It certainly doesn’t read like something Dan Fleshler would write. But I still hope you will find the people I interviewed –and their wrestling match with “Holocaust fatigue”– to be compelling.

Topics: Germans, Holocaust, Reform Judaism | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Now for something completely different: my article on German memory”

  1. David Says:
    October 31st, 2009 at 7:45 am

    This reminded me of a visit to Poland I made around 1989. Although it was a business trip, my colleagues in Gydinia took me to the old Jewish cemetery. All the headstones which had been destroyed or removed during the war had been replaced by the town. A visitor now sees the chilling sight of identical marble headstones, with only a Mogen David, covering the graves of still unknown people.

  2. Suzanne Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Very interesting–and not surprising.

    I’ve moved past my own animosity towards Germans because I don’t believe the Holocaust was singularly Germanic–or even European.

    Rather a reminder that the veneer of civilization is very thin.

  3. Richard Witty Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 11:39 am

    The remedy to the thinness is humanization, one’s own community AND one’s neighbors.

  4. Richard Witty Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I saw “The Reader” for the first time last week.

    The comments on the generational memory, denial, guilt, and anger were very interesting.