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  • Published: 17 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780141983424
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $26.00

Learning from the Germans

Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil




As the western world struggles with legacies of racism and colonialism, Susan Neiman asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past

What can we learn from the past in order to move forward?

Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman, who grew up as a white girl in the American South during the civil rights movement, is a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. In clear and gripping prose, 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 own national histories.

Through focusing on the particularities of those histories, she 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. It is necessary reading for all those confronting their own troubled pasts.

  • Published: 17 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780141983424
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Susan Neiman

Susan Neiman is an American philosopher who taught at Yale University and Tel Aviv University, and is currently the director of the Einstein Forum. She is the author of three previous books, most recently Evil in Modern Thought. Neiman lives with her three children in Berlin.

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