Personal Views

Response to “The Past Can’t Heal Us”

Response to “The Past Can’t Heal Us”

I was excited at reading the title of Lea David’s book—The Past Can’t Heal Us. I thought we would finally have some useful research that would free us of the ballast of having to sift through the past and would reveal a new way forward, so I waited for the book with anticipation. It turned out my expectations were completely wrong. To put it mildly, I was shocked.

The Enemy Within  (thoughts about Victims and Camps)

The Enemy Within (thoughts about Victims and Camps)

We were taught about the Second World War in school, we watched films, read books. We expect there to be a consensus, at least about the basics. The Holocaust, the casualties of the Second World War, the reign of fascism and the horrors of destruction left in its wake are (mostly) not disputed. However, if we can agree on that, why can’t we commemorate this properly, by commemorating victims and the places where lives were taken?