For fifteen years, Gottfried Wagner and Abraham Peck, inheritors of the tragedies of the Second World War and the Holocaust/Shoah, engaged in a productive and meaningful dialogue of which Unwanted Legacies is among the fruits of their labors. Uncompromising in their honesty, their intersecting biographies have much to teach us, not only about the past, but about the present and future as well, most especially how those from different pasts can confront their own legacies: Germans and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis, Christians and Muslims, and others. Ultimately, Unwanted Legacies, important in its own right, is a positive and hopeful starting point for all who wish to engage in meaningful dialogue with "the other." Ideally, it will--indeed, it must--be read widely and discussed even more.
--Steven Leonard Jacobs, DHL, DD, Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, University of Alabama