Magazine article Moment

Wishful Thinking

Magazine article Moment

Wishful Thinking

Article excerpt

As a child survivor of the Holocaust--I was born in the ghetto in Krakow, Poland, in 1942--I found your article on Germany and Israel quite interesting. It was no surprise to me that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Germany, as in the rest of Europe, and that much of it seems to be "dressed up as anti-Israeli." Nor was I surprised that author Amy E. Schwartz asked, "What will sustain Germany's commitment to Israel in a future without reparations--or survivors?" She notes that one answer still lies in the work of memory, and that Yad Vashem has signed agreements with all German states to develop new models for Holocaust education.

But the article also quotes officials of the American Jewish Committee and the Israeli Embassy in Berlin as suggesting that history and guilt are no longer enough, that the focus over the next 50 years needs to be on the practical benefits of the relationship. …

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