How Should the Jews Relate to Germany?

By Yehuda Nir

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, November 11, 1994

The author disagrees sharply with Ismar Schorsch's article, "To Remember is Not Enough," which appears directly before this article in this issue. Schorsch had argued that Germany is making great efforts to atone for the Holocaust, and should be supported for it; the author responds that he does not want Germans to atone for the Holocaust, as that might put the issue to rest. Rather, he argues, the Holocaust ought to be seen as the central, defining event in relations between Jews and Germans now, and forever. He demands that modern Germans confront the generation of the Holocaust, their parents and grandparents before it is too late to do so. The author contends that when Germans describe the Holocaust, they speak of Nazis instead of Germans, and thus neglect to take true responsibility for their nation's history.

Topic: History, Communal Responsibility, International Relations, Generational Issues, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Community Relations, Shoah, Communal Memory, Diversity, Holocaust

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.481

Page Number(s): 3-4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Germany

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Nir, Yehuda. How Should the Jews Relate to Germany?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 11 November 1994: 3-4.


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