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read epub µ Those Who Forget Audio CD ´ eyltransferservices ê [PDF] ✩ Those Who Forget By Join or create book clubs – Those Who Forget published to international awards and acclaim is journalist Géraldine Schwarz’s riveting account of her German and French grandparentsIn Vichy Weaving together the threads of three generations of her family story with Europe’s process of postwar reckoning Schwarz explores how millions were seduced by ideology and overcome by a fog of denial after the war and in Germany at least eventually managed to transform collective guilt into democratic responsibility She asks How can nations learn from history? And she observes that countries that avoid confronting the past are especially vulnerable to extremism Searing and unforgettable Those Who Forget is a riveting memoir an illuminating history and an urgent call for remembering In French there is a word for people who lose their memory or forget things “les amnésiues” The word comes from the Latin word “amnesia” also used in English which means a complete or partial loss of memory due to trauma injury etc Géraldine Schwarz uses this term as the original title of her book translated to Those Who Forget in English and I think it accurately sums up the main theme that prevails through out the book that awful tendency that we humans have to erase and forget certain parts of our history in order to live guilt free That whole “I didn’t participate in XYZ so I was not part of it” attitude that is still a core part of our make up today The ability that we have to not hold ourselves accountable for acts committed by those around us telling ourselves that because we did not actually physically commit those acts we were not part of it Well silence is complicit and silence allows violence to become genocide and hatred to become state sanctioned mass murderGéraldine Schwarz is a German and French journalist and Those Who Forget is a deep dive into her family’s past but also a general overview of Germany before during and after the war and the Germans in general during that time There is a term for Germans who were not active Nazi followers those who just followed the current “Mitlaüfer” Schwarz grew up thinking that her German grandparents were Mitlaüfer but when she discovers that her grandfather appears to have taken his own advantage of anti Semitism in 1938 she starts to wonder how complicit he actually was and how complicit the entire population was Schwarz also studies the actions of the French side of her family as her mother’s father was a Vichy policeman during the war I really love how the author creates a story by weaving through three generations of her family and each generation's own way of reckoning with what their country and their people did during the war Within these studies the author takes us on a personal journey of discovery but also on a general journey into our collective ability to forget and move on while burying the past and what this actually means for our future If we bury the past how can we move forward without committing the same acts down the road? If we remain silent in the face of wrong how can we really hope to make a change in the future?This is such a timely book as I feel that once again we are at a crossroads and our actions as individuals and as populations in general will dictate how the future unrolls Nazism Fascism and Anti Semitism were never wiped out but hastily buried in a shallow grave with a breathing tube I appreciated the parallels that the author draws with other atrocities committed elsewhere slavery in the US for example portraying how none of us are safe from being persecuted andor complicit in persecution of othersI asked my sister to send me a copy of this book in the original language as I want to be able to read it again in French Part memoir part history part warning this is a must read in my opinion and also a call to action do we really want to continue to watch the same atrocities be committed over and over again standing by and pretending that we are not guilty by association? Or do we want to stand up and actually say NO MORE and mean it? I know what side of history I want to be standing on

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Those Who Forget published to international awards and acclaim is journalist Géraldine Schwarz’s riveting account of her German and French grandparents’ lives during World War II an in depth history of Europe’s postwar reckoning with fascism and an urgent appeal to remember as a defense against today’s rise of far right nationalism During World War II Géraldine Schwarz’s German grandparents were neither heroes nor villains; they were merely Mitlaüferthose who followed the current Once the war ended they wanted to bury the past under the wreckage of the Third Reich Decades later w The author augments the objective discussion with a contemplation on howwhy members of her own family and other citizens like them were complicit in their support of the Nazi regime An informative albeit depressing history lesson that covers the World War II years and decades since

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Those Who ForgetHile delving through filing cabinets in the basement of their apartment building in Mannheim Schwarz discovers that in 1938 her paternal grandfather Karl took advantage of Nazi policies to buy a business from a Jewish family for a low price She finds letters from the only survivor of this family all the others perished in Auschwitz demanding reparations But Karl Schwarz refused to acknowledge his responsibility Géraldine starts to uestion the past How guilty were her grandparents? What makes us complicit? On her mother’s side she investigates the role of her French grandfather a policeman This is is a Family Story as it says but it is not just in Nazi EuropeThe author tells a compelling three generation story that begins with her grandparents in the 30s As any family story it is nuanced and often judgementalHighly recommended for those who think they fully understand the times we live in or that totalitarianism is something that happens to others