Susan Neiman

  • Learning from the Germans
  • Lecture

How can societies deal with the evil of their own history? Can – politically speaking – something be learned from the Germans?
When Susan Neiman, as a young Jewish American, moved to Berlin in the 1980s, of all places, this was incomprehensible to many in her environment. But she stayed in Berlin and experienced here how Germans seriously dealt with their own crimes. When Donald Trump became President of the USA, a man who gave racism a new lease of life, she decided to return to the American South, where the legacy of slavery still dominates the present.

Susan Neiman combines personal portraits with philosophical reflection. She was a professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv Universities before she became director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam in 2000.

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