Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

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Overview

In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights-era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories.

Through discussions with Germans, including Jan Philipp Reemtsma, who created the breakthrough Crimes of the Wehrmacht exhibit, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, the East German dissident preacher, Neiman tells the story of the long and difficult path Germans have faced in their effort to atone for the crimes of the Holocaust. In the United States, she interviews James Meredith about his battle for equality in Mississippi and Bryan Stevenson about his monument to the victims of lynching, as well as lesser-known social justice activists in the South, to provide a compelling picture of the work contemporary Americans are doing to confront our violent history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684576012
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susan Neiman is the director of the Einstein Forum. Her books, which have been translated into many languages, include Why Grow Up?: Subversive Questions for an Infantile Age, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, and Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy.

The narrator of over 100 audiobooks, Christa Lewis has been nominated for an Audie Award and earned multiple Earphones Awards for recordings that have become Audible bestsellers. Christa is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University's actor training program.

Table of Contents

Prologue

PART ONE: GERMAN LESSONS

1. On the Use and Abuse of Historical Comparison

2. Sins of the Fathers

3. Cold War Memory

PART TWO: SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT

4. Everybody Knows About Mississippi

5. Lost Causes

6. Faces of Emmett Till

PART THREE: SETTING THINGS STRAIGHT

7. Monumental Recognition

8. Rights and Reparations

9. In Place of Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index

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