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My German Question

To open the floodgates of memory was to risk an unpredictable emotional response.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/education/article/my_german_question_20000825

Until last year, I held firm to that tribalist impulse familiar to many American Jews and refused to visit Germany (or fly Lufthansa or buy German products, etc.). Although no members of my immediate family had fallen victim to the Nazi terror, the resistance to things German was passed on from my parents' generation, which shared in the belated outrage (and desire to expunge feelings of inadequacy) of postwar American Jewry.

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