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Learning from the Germans

Race and the Memory of Evil
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: History, European
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, 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 is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights-era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories. 

Through discussions with Germans, including Jan Philipp Reemtsma, who created the breakthrough Crimes of the Wehrmacht exhibit, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, the East German dissident preacher, Neiman tells the story of the long and difficult path Germans have faced in their effort to atone for the crimes of the Holocaust. In the United States, she interviews James Meredith about his battle for equality in Mississippi and Bryan Stevenson about his monument to the victims of lynching, as well as lesser-known social justice activists in the South, to provide a compelling picture of the work contemporary Americans are doing to confront our violent history.

©2019 Susan Neiman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Several mispronunciations in Audible narration

Book was interesting. Several proper nouns associated with Mississippi/American South were mispronounced by the Audible narrator (who was not the author) including Tupelo, Barnett (later in book was correct), Khayat, Lafayette, Natchez, and Barbour.

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