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Damian Grace

Damian Grace reviews ‘Guilt About the Past’ by Bernhard Schlink

April 2009, no. 310 01 April 2009
This is a book about a very specific past, that of the Third Reich, and the way in which it produced guilt in the next generation, but its lessons can be generalised. Bernhard Schlink shows how that guilt has withstood the institutional strategies of history, law and politics to erase it. Schlink, born in 1944, belongs to the generation burdened with the moral repercussions of the war and the Holo ... (read more)