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Unwanted Legacies: Sharing the Burden of Post-Genocide Generations
     

Unwanted Legacies: Sharing the Burden of Post-Genocide Generations

by Gottfried Wagner, Abraham J. Peck
 

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How does a society reconcile itself in a post-genocide era? How can generations of those whose families were victims and victimizers break the cycle of hate, mistrust, shame, and guilt that characterizes their relationship? What family reactions do they face as they seek to begin the act of sitting across from each other and facing their legacies?
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How does a society reconcile itself in a post-genocide era? How can generations of those whose families were victims and victimizers break the cycle of hate, mistrust, shame, and guilt that characterizes their relationship? What family reactions do they face as they seek to begin the act of sitting across from each other and facing their legacies?
        For more than two decades, Gottfried Wagner, great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, whose music inspired Adolf Hitler and whose family helped the Nazis rise to power, and Abraham J. Peck, the son of two survivors whose entire families were murdered in the Holocaust, have been engaged in a unique and often torturous discussion on the German-Jewish relationship after the Shoah. That discussion has focused on their family histories and on the myths and realities of the relationship between Germans and Jews since the beginning of the nineteenth century and the process of reshaping that relationship for those Germans and Jews born after 1945. Rejecting the notion that they are either victims or perpetrators, both authors examine the “unwanted legacies” they inherited and have had to confront and overcome.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896728356
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Series:
Modern Jewish History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


Gottfried Wagner studied musicology, philosophy, and German philology in Germany and Austria. He works internationally as a music historian and multimedia director. He has lived in Italy since 1983.

Abraham J. Peck is the executive director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies and professor in the department of theology, religion, and philosophy at Saint Leo University outside Tampa, Florida.

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