A Topic Too Hot to Handle

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at SPAMgmx.net
Tue Feb 6 02:55:29 MST 2001


Today most German papers are carrying lengthy articles on Finkelstein in
their cultural section.

Die Welt is giving almost a whole side to three articles, including an
interview with Finkelstein. Finkelstein. Certainly he says a lot of correct
things (e.g. about remembering and compensating US, British and French
crimes in the respective countries), but reading a setence in a conservative
German paper like:
"Der Holocaust ist eine ideologische Keule, mit der Deutschland in Schach
gehalten wird"
("The holocaust is the ideological club to keep Germany in check")
makes me shiver. It shows that Finkelstein knows very littles about
present-day Germany. Such a remark can be found in Germany only in neo-nazi
publications today. To note such a conotation does nothing have to do with a
wrong 'political correctness', but it is just simply wrong on an empirical
level. If their is something like the exploitation of the holocaust for
selfish political interests it works differently here: For the German state
counterposing today's 'democratic' Germany to the Nazi holocaust is a sort
of self-legitimation. This is even more evident since the 'class of '68' is
in government. E.g. the German participation in the bombing of Yugoslavia
was justified withb the argument to prevent another Auschwitz (mainly by
minister of defence Scharping and foreign minister Fischer)
Full interview (in German):
http://www.welt.de/daten/2001/02/06/0206ku220599.htx

Other articles from Die Welt:
http://www.welt.de/daten/2001/02/06/0206kfi220598.htx
http://www.welt.de/daten/2001/02/06/0206ku220600.htx
http://www.welt.de/daten/2001/02/06/0206fo220658.htx

Sueddeutsche Zeitung: Peter Novick on Finkelstein:
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/aktuell/?section=feuill&myTM=full&id=981404885.24
041&myTime=981451740
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/aktuell/?section=ferns&myTM=full&id=981404894.515
58&myTime=981434271

Tagesspiegel: Interview with Peter Novick
http://www2.tagesspiegel.de/archiv/2001/02/05/ak-ku-15829.html

Frankfurter Rundschau
http://www.fr-aktuell.de/fr/aktuell/t0000008L.htm

Stuttgarter Nachrichten:
http://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/dc1/html/news-stn/20010206kult0005.sht
ml

Hannoversche Allgemeine
http://news.haz.de/HOME/KULTUR/story44644.html

Johannes






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