Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era. The Ethics of Never Again

March 22, 2017

Professor Alejandro Baer’s new book, co-authored with Natan Sznaider, Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era. The Ethics of Never Again examines how the duties of memory surrounding the Holocaust have spread around the globe and conditioned the ways in which individuals, groups and societies understand the moral and political significance of their respective histories of extreme political violence. Taking Argentina, Spain and a number of sites in post-communist Europe as test cases, the authors look at media, scholarly discourse, NGOs dealing with human rights and memory, museums and memorial sites, and examine how a new generation of memory activists maneuver between the duties of remembrance and the benefits of forgetting.  Are there crimes that must be forgotten and others that should be remembered?