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On Holocaust Memory, Family and Empathy

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies building

It is a mainstay of thoughtful historical thinking to maintain that the investigator should place herself in the time of the historical subject and imagine her time, place, circumstance, motivations, and experience. There is no historical understanding without the notion of empathy. But what actually stands behind this assumption? This moderated panel will consider and respond to psychoanalyst and philosopher Roger Frie's book, Not in my Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust in which he confronts the unspoken Nazi past in his German family and lays bare some of the crucial promises and problems in thinking with empathy.