Author Talk with Noted Author and Historian Susan Neiman on Thursday, October 17th!

Monday, September 16, 2019

In the September issue of the Atlantic magazine (http://, author Susan Neiman discusses what Americans  "could learn from how drastically German society has moved away from the nadir of its history" and writes:

"Of course, the circumstances surrounding racism in Germany and America, past and present, are not the same. History is just as particular as the individuals who make and are made by it; what worked in one place can’t be straightforwardly transferred to another. Seen in some light, the differences between German and American racist histories are glaring. Seen in another, what’s important is what the commonalities can teach us about guilt and atonement, memory and oblivion, and the presence of past in preparing for the future."

Do you find this interesting? Controversial? Do you want to consider what this means in terms of racisim in America?  Deborah E. Lipstadt reviewed Dr. Neiman's book in the Sunday Book Review and wrote: 

"The history wars shape far more than how we remember the past. They shape the societies we bequeath to future generations. Susan Neiman’s book is an important and welcome weapon in that battle".

On Thursday, October 17th at 1 pm, the Friends in partnership with the Posnack JJC, are proud to present an Author Talk with Susan Neiman who will discuss her book, Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. Admission is free and this Author Talk is open to the public. For those of you interested in the history of ideas and who are seeking exposure to the topics that are stmulating conversations globally, this is a must attend event! We are so proud that our small library has been chosen as a venue for noted authors to visit and to engage with you on subjects that truly matter. 

Please let us know if your book club is attending this event as a group!