Remembering for the Future, Engaging with the Present

  • Mark Levene


On my way to the last ‘Remembering for the Future’ Conference in Berlin, in 1994, I travelled via the Rhineland to visit a German couple whom I had met on holiday two years previously. I had become very friendly with this couple, felt very warm towards them, and had even agreed to their request — when they decided to get married the following summer (in the chapel of an illustrious and very beautiful Italian cathedral) — not only to come to the wedding but to give the bride away. Now, a year on we were to meet again in their home. I had a brief if delightful sojourn, received wonderful hospitality and still think of the couple as my friends. But this time something left a bitter aftertaste.


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