"Forget Auschwitz": Henryk Broder




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When Memory fades.

With regards to Broder´s work with "Vergangenheitsbewältigung" and antisemitism (old and secondary), he deserves a respect of galactic format. There´s a lack of historical awareness of some people today, that makes his very, very profound concern of the "matter" probably inunderstandable, as if the era of the Third Reich took place in the Bronze Age or elsewhere in archaic times. I have no difficulty at all to empathize with him and his cause with regards to many ugly undercurrents of antisemitism, seen in the mirror of History. Those fluent in German are well advised to read his books about "Vergangenheitsbewältigung" and antisemitism.
Besides, it is quite stunning how Mr Broder masters the German language given the fact that it is not his mother tongue. He might be a Joseph Roth of our time. There´s something special about Galicia ... .
With this, I depart from the ongoing discussion.

N.O. more than 9 years ago

No Stupid Questions

I disagree about no stupid questions. The use of language can be leading, implying the use of words in a particular way, to have a particular meaning and context. Yes, the exact same words, placed in a different context. OK, maybe people don't know they are programmed, but that is their problem; when someone who knows hears them talk, they think, "Oh no, this person is so programmed and ignorant -- in the stupid-ass way -- that i'm never going to get through to them." They have the right to give up. Maybe they should recommend a book and then say, let's talk later, my friend.

a. b. c 1905 more than 9 years ago


I think that Mr Broder is a very good observer of certain fenomena in the society. He has the guts (and too understandable reasons) to for instance highlight some projection mechanisms because of the German and Austrian history.
For those proficient in German, Broder´s master piece "Der ewige Antsemit" is really well worth reading. It´s a marvellous unraveling of different psychological mechanisms, whose manifestations for instance can be seen in the contanst Israel-bashing, whereas the terrible events in places like Kongo-Kinhasa, and elsewhere are given much, much less attention. The question is of course: why is that, why this tremendous lack of balance?
I think it is all justified to entrench the entire Jewish state in criticism, verbal bashing, boycott, IF directly afterwards I can get the question answered: why don´t the critics say anything about some trauma-ridden places elsewhere in the world?
It seems to be a recurring idea that the enormous man-hunts by thousands of urban civil antisemites, or the pogroms in the East, the concentration camps and the extermination camps should have imposed a certain high level of social and emotional harmony and nobility in the surviving victims and their off-spring. That maybe explains the high interest in Israeli misdeeds, and the quite small one in the terrible events taking place in other violent regions of the world.

Herr Broder hat recht behalten. more than 9 years ago

To treat people the way one wants to be treated

I feel appaled by Henryk Broder's last statement. It hurts me for the journalist to read this. Why is he allowed to shoot at people like that? There are no stupid questions, but only stupid answers. If he didn't feel in the mood to do this interview, he should have simply said,sorry I can't do that. Why is every criticism against someone who is Jewish Anti-semitism? The way Henryk Broder treated this journalist is offensive and I would feel that way, regardless of his cultural or religious background. And that is the truth...I'm not an Anti-semitist, but an anti-"aggressivist".

Anonymous more than 9 years ago

forget hollocaust


Eduardo Mamcasz more than 9 years ago

About Gays, Gipssies and Jews

I have spent, for the fourth time, or more, 45 days and nights, from April, 25-2012, only im my lovely Berlim. The capital of the Kaiser, Comunism, Nazism, Hipism and so. This theme about Holocaust, in fact, remains a taboo. Why not talk about Palestinians? If you want, visit my blog about this trip.


Eduardo Mamcasz more than 9 years ago

"Forget Auschwitz": Henryk Broder

Germany's friendship pf Israel repeats the mistakes of the past albeit in a more benign form.
After the Holocaust,what the World should have concluded is that every human soul has an equal value Jew, Gypsy, Gay, Straight, Palestinian.
What Europe did was to do was to dump it's guilt, it's Holocaust on an innocent third world colonial territory. It would have been fair to establish Israel in Bavaria, it was unjust to dispossess the Palestinians. to assuage our guilt, our responsibilities.
If Germany and Germans really understood the Holocaust, then they would offer asylum to dispossessed Palestinians in Lebanon.
Uncritical support for Israel is just too easy, it makes Germany feel better about itself while costing absolutely nothing.

David Hawkins more than 9 years ago

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