By David Rieff

Opposed to Remembrance poses difficult questions about the significance of collective reminiscence. Are occasions like ANZAC Day a vital a part of an honest public tradition? Can commissions on fact and reconciliation support treatment injustice and stop it in future-or are they commonly stumbling blocks to peace? Drawing on his adventure as a warfare correspondent and bringing to endure a powerful take hold of of heritage, David Rieff explores the function of reminiscence within the defining occasions of contemporary instances, together with the origins and aftermath of conflict and ethnic detoxing in former Yugoslavia, the malign inheritance of apartheid in South Africa and the ideal crime of the Holocaust.'---John grey, writer of Black Mass

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Even his sinister, charisma tic defence lawyer, Jacques Verges, never claimed otherwis e, arguing instead that the Nazis' crimes had been no worse than those com­ mitted by European colonists. But by 202 5 at the very latest, and probably much sooner, no-o ne like Barbie will still be alive. y. as was shown by the trial of Maurice Papon, served both the Vichy and the Gaullist state (he was u]:'rete,ct of Police of Paris between 1 958 and 1 967 and 61 DAVID RIEFF AGAINST REMHIBRANCE eventually Budget Minister between 1978 and 1 9 8 1 , during be made of?

But I did resist and I incarnated there I'm with Butler, Vidal-Naquet, Paxton and Ophtils. France. Therefore, France resisted' . Obviously there are times when relations between states When Marcel Ophtils' film The Sorrow and the Pity can be improved and much bitterness removed when a state was released (it was only aired on French television in that has committed a crime acknowledges its culpability. ' To occupied and in Vichy France had been the Resistance. which the answer is: 'A German, of course; duty before At first, the airing of the truth was greeted with consterna­ pleasure'.

Instead of replacing them with names of initiate through judicial procedures what politicians had Republican heroes and martyrs-Negrin, Largo Caballero refused to do. In or General Miaja-the Spanish chose to use names from the trate who issued the original arrest warrant for General royal past: 'neutral' names-for example, Queipo de Llano Pinochet, opened an investigation into the killings of became Principe de Vergara. This practice was eventually the institutionalised in the 'Law of Historical Memory', that, the fascist side during the in reality was a law of historical forgetting as it gave the subsequent decades of the Franco dictatorship.

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