Mini-symposium – Forgiveness after Auschwitz?

Mini-symposium with Jonathan Druker

PThU-zaal (1E24), 10.00-12.30

In the face of the Holocaust ‘forgiveness’ appears to be a forbidden and even dangerous word, because it might suggest that the ongoing trauma of the victims gets repressed. It seems that the ‘never forget’ is inseparable from the ‘never forgive’.

What is forgiveness? Who can(not) forgive? When is forgiveness (in)appropriate? How to speak about forgiveness theologically in the aftermath of a collective trau-ma like the Holocaust?

Jonathan Druker is Professor of Italian, Coordinator of the Italian section at Illinois State University where he also teaches Holocaust Literature and Film, and author of Primo Levi and Humanism after Auschwitz: Post-humanist Reflections (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His current book project, The Irreversible and the Irrevo-cable: On Trauma, Time and History in Holocaust Writing, employs trauma theory to reread the works of multiple Holocaust survivors.

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