The Ark of Innocence — Morality and Memory after Auschwitz

  • Eveline Goodman-Thau


As we look back on the end of the Jewish world in Europe, especially in what was the Jewish space called Ashkenaz — united by the common use of the German language in all its cultural ramifications — we are no longer using the same discourse as before, neither from a religious nor from a secular perspective: we are living in a time of man-made disasters and apocalyptic myth come true in the tumbling towers of Manhattan for all to see in real-time over and over again by the power of technology and the global media. The Golem — as a deus ex machina - has taken a terrible revenge on its master and we are groping for words and images to describe the unimaginable, to bring our world-view and self-image into focus.1


German Language Jewish Study Bare Life Jewish World Educated Imagination 
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© Eveline Goodman-Thau 2006

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