History and memory after Auschwitz Dominick Lacapra

pg 8 – There is the importance of trauma, notably including the deferred recognition of the significance of traumatic series of events in recent history, events one might well prefer to forget. The traumatic events has its greatest and most clearly unjustifiable effect on the victim ,but in different ways it also affects everyone who comes in contact with it : perpetrator, collaborators, bystander, resisters, those born later. (intro, why germany has in more difficult than Israel for example.)

pg 9 (placing identity in question) – It may raise problems of identity for others insofar as it unsettles narcissistic investments and desired self-images, including 0 especially with respect to the shoah

pg 9 – The traumatic event is repressed or denied and registers only belatedly after the passage of period of latency. This effect of belatedness has of course been a manifest aspect of the Holocaust as it impinged not only germany but also on other nations and groups including Israel

pg 10 – Figures such as Robert faurisson are able to appeal to extremes in denying the excesses of the past, for they may turn either to hyperbolic neopositivism that demands absolute verification to establish the mere existence of gas chambers or to equally exaggerated relativism and constructivism that affirm the ultimately fictive, subjective nature of all narrative and interpretive schemas


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