Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Auditorium
Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism; in cooperation with the Amerikahaus München and Bavarian American Academy, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.
NS-Dokumentationszentrum München

Thursday 19.03.2020, 7.00 p.m.
Lecture by Susan Neiman

Susan Neiman delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman grew up as a white girl in the American South during the civil rights movement and she is a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. She uses this unique perspective to combine philosophical reflection, personal history, and conversations with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their national histories. She also provides examples for other nations, whether they are facing resurgent nationalism, ongoing debates over reparations, or controversies surrounding historical monuments and the contested memories they evoke.

Susan Neiman is director of the Einstein Forum. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and at the Freie Universität Berlin, and was a professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University. She is the author of “Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin”, “The Unity of Reason: Re- reading Kant, Evil in Modern Thought”, “Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists” and “Who Grow Up?”.

Part of the International Weeks against Racism.


Ilona Holzmeier

Max-Mannheimer-Platz 1
80333 München


Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, 19.03.2020 München, in: H-Soz-Kult, 18.02.2020, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-42562>.