Forget Auschwitz!

The German memory mania and the final solution to the Israel question

Original Title: Vergesst Auschwitz!

Paperback, with flaps, 208 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-55204-9
€ 12.99 [D] | € 13.40 [A] | CHF 18.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Pantheon

Date of publication: April 22, 2013
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Henryk M.  Broder - Forget Auschwitz!


A polemical settling of the score with the way Germans remember the past

"Auschwitz" is the epitome of a German metaphor. It stands for the great break in civilization, but in daily discourse on the political stage it has long since been degraded to cheap argumentative loose change. The Germans have for years been investing vast sums of money in ways to remember the Holocaust, and yet their policies towards Israel and the Middle East, even the way they act on the stage of international politics show that these rituals of remembrance are often no more than empty gestures as a distraction from the present – or even worse.

In his provocative essay Forget Auschwitz, Henryk M. Broder has exposed as "memory mania" the clichéd gesture made by politicians and other people in the public eye of forever remembering the Nazi past. For Broder, this is no more than a politically correct guise for a new "secondary anti-Semitism" skilfully camouflaged as anti-Zionism. For this to change, Broder appeals for these cursed memories to be at last left in peace, and for money and energy to be invested instead in preventing new genocides and fighting brutal dictators.


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