“Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil” by Susan Nieman

Updated: Jun 1

Please purchase and read/listen to “Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil” by Susan Nieman before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).



The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation's Reading for Understanding monthly virtual book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


I chose this book because we, as Americans, can learn from Germany’s approach to owning the holocaust and the societal conditions that enabled it.

– Randee, Reading for Understanding Workgroup


“In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights-era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories.”

Source: https://blackpearlbookstore.com/item/1xwDC4Sei1JDnDJb84Lv_g




Purchase the book from Black Pearl Books, Austin, Texas.


Each month we are celebrating a black-owned bookstore. Please consider supporting Black Pearl Books, Austin, Texas, https://blackpearlbookstore.com

Purchase: https://blackpearlbookstore.com/item/1xwDC4Sei1JDnDJb84Lv_g


Please purchase and read/listen to “Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil” by Susan Nieman before our virtual meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).


Reading for Understanding


Monthly virtual book discussions hosted by the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation


As a learning organization, the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation seeks to provide opportunities to promote understanding and empathy. Book discussions provide participants with a shared experience and an opportunity to engage with others.


The Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.


What should a participant expect?


Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and a one question quiz to access the meeting credentials preceding the event. All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small virtual discussion groups. We start together as a large group (7-7:10pm), briefly return to a large group at the half-way point (7:50-8pm) and conclude as a large group (8:40-9pm). Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern United States.


Support black-owned bookstores.


Where and how you choose to spend money has power. Visit https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php to find a store in your area or shop directly from https://aalbc.com.


“African American Literature Book Club, AALBC.com is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by, or about, people of African descent. Started in 1997, AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of information about Black authors.”

Source: AALBC.com


Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series and join our Finding Your Voice Program.


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