By David Rieff
Opposed to Remembrance poses not easy questions about the significance of collective reminiscence. Are occasions like ANZAC Day an important a part of a good public tradition? Can commissions on fact and reconciliation aid treatment injustice and forestall it in future-or are they commonly stumbling blocks to peace? Drawing on his event as a battle correspondent and bringing to undergo a magnificent seize of heritage, David Rieff explores the position of reminiscence within the defining occasions of modern occasions, together with the origins and aftermath of struggle and ethnic detoxification in former Yugoslavia, the malign inheritance of apartheid in South Africa and the preferrred crime of the Holocaust.'---John grey, writer of Black Mass
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Nora concluded that 'On the model of the are in sympathy. When a government is committed to that In the debate that ensued, Butler-who, as a writer was course, the consequences for those who do try to bring very much a localist and who, once he had returned to Ireland what actually happened to light can be severe. permanently, spent most of his very long life in the country The case of the Irish essayist Hubert Butler is illumina fastness of his native County Kilkenny-was excoriated ting in this regard.
While it for all it sacrifices, the only safe harbo the fascist victory in ism to demand would be the worst sort of moral solec Queipo de Llano and the other leaders of the Falange 104 105 of letters with Freud in 1 93 1 , 1 93 9 had been named after Franco ' DAVID RIEFF AGAINST REMEMBRANCE were renamed. Instead of replacing them with names of initiate through judicial procedures what politicians had Republican heroes and martyrs-Negrin, Largo Caballero refused to do. In or General Miaja-the Spanish chose to use names from the trate who issued the original arrest warrant for General royal past: 'neutral' names-for example, Queipo de Llano Pinochet, opened an investigation into the killings of became Principe de Vergara.
To believe otherwise is pure collective memory, constructed or otherwise-and what sentimental wishful thinking; more to the point it is not just can be known about it. Locke said reason was a poor light ahistorical, it is anti-historical. Of course, politicians and but all we had. The romance that is historical memory is pundits love to make analogies between the past and our own at best the candle we light in honour of the dead and, at time. For example, those who believe the Iranian nuclear its worst, a kind of cognitive equivalent of an astrophysical program poses an existential danger to the United States black hole-a region from which no historical reason and often compare the failure to confront Tehran as appease- no political sobriety can escape.
Against Remembrance by David Rieff