Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader, made into an Oscar-winning movie, is a novel about guilt. A woman who participated in a horrible crime as a. Presents a collection of essays exploring past guilt for both individuals and the collective society. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of guilt and how it attaches to a whole Guilt About the Past is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand.

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The Reader that address such questions in the course sfhlink their plots. This should only take a few moments. Schlink argues that when some members of a collective commit crimes, its other members have a duty to identify them and expel them from the group.

His final essay, which explores whether realism should remain the expected approach authors take in Quite an interesting little book. These six brief essays raise a number of different issues, perspectives and possibilities, including: Rehabilitation is not the only reason for prosecution – Schlink notes that many former Nazis were found post war living normal lives and getting along with their neighbours, arguably not likely to commit further harm.

Schlink examines the tension between the individu In a global political climate where “alternative facts” have become the new norm, Schlink’s collection of essays becomes essential reading. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

AfterGermans should have identified the Nazis in their midst and severed ties with them. Published by University of Queensland Press first published September 30th The third essay is solid examining the necessity at Nuremberg of applying new law against crimes that occurred in the past, where the law of the land pazt the time was insufficient.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

The concept of collective guilt is defined within this context and Germany after the Third Reich stands as a clear example for it. And we live in a world that has plenty to chose from.


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They should no longer be traumatized by Nazism, or feel compelled to either forget it or always talk about it. Schlink was part of the sixties generation in Germany who again raised sclink the issue of Nazi crimes and confronted their parents with what they had done.

Review: Guilt About the Past, by Bernhard Schlink – The Globe and Mail

He has fantastic insight into Germany, German history, and fiction in general. It doesn’t follow that they’re also guilty of what the Nazis originally did.

He then rather quickly reminds us of the collective guilt of the British in India, of Americans and slavery, of Canadians and First Nations and so on. The truth about the Nazi period is too well known, he says, to be dislodged by a single fiction, thee the complexity of his novel’s main character reflects the conflict his generation repeatedly felt when someone they loved and respected turned out to have done something horrible under Nazism.

Guilt about the Past.

Guilt about the Past by Bernhard Schlink

The first essay explores how guilt passes down across generations. A highly respected jurist and law professor emeritus in Germany, he presents a number of philosophical arguments intended to advance the important debate on guilt about the past and its profound influence on all who follow, whether individuals, institutions or states and, whether di “For my generation the past is still very present Six essays addressing collective guilt, specifically of Germans after World War II, originally given as lectures at Oxford by Schlink, a law professor, writer of fiction, and former judge.


In the final chapter of this book the author addresses the books and films that he believes to be accurate and responsible and also points out those he considers inferior and misleading. Nonetheless, especially Germans living outside their home country have been confronted with the notion of Germans’ collective guilt for Nazi atrocities that their parents or grandparents may, or may not, have committed during that time.

Germans born during the Second World War or shortly after it were not exempt from the sense of disbelief, disgust and guilt. His take on the collective guilt of the Germans. His contention implies an active process that has to be worked through, yet that, with effort, will end in a satisfactory conclusion, where the past has in fact been “mastered”.

It deserves to be read and absorbed slowly and deeply.

We hope to have this fixed soon. Grouped together they comprise some of the more enlightening book on the subject, using of course the German people and the aftermath of WW II. He grew up in Heidelberg and studied law in Heidelberg and Berlin. I remain more conservative than Schlink on this question. In six essays, originally presented as the Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford inwriter and professor of law Bernhard Schlink addresses various aspects of guilt about the past, with a focus on post-war Germany.

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