An Anthology of Citations Across Three Generations of Germans

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We Are What We Remember

Something is wrong in an engagement with Auschwitz, if it is not, again and again, deeply disturbing – or at least every once in a while.  Bernd Ulrich

Yet, how can a person of a later generation, after that of the perpetrators, who has not studied the Holocaust scientifically, approach the 'abyss of history' (Paul Valéry)? For me personally this was only possible through a chorus of different voices trying to enter into a dialogue with each other: explaining historically, arguing, desperately questioning, clamoring and accusing, struggling for truth, pleading for reconciliation and hopeful for the future.

This collection is meant as a contribution to ensure that we continue to face up to historical responsibility and build a collective cultural memory which is reliable and durable and, at the same time, forms an 'orientation culture' for the generations to come. Konrad GörgKonrad Görg, Dr. med., born in 1953 in Simmern/Hunsrück, Internist at the University Hospital Marburg (with his twinbrother), Department Hematology/Oncology.
Since 1999, he is trombonist of the quintet Marburg Brass. He lives with his wife and two children in Marburg, Germany. e-mail:

Previous publications (in German):
1. Universitätskliniken: Wandel um jeden Preis? (PDF-file) Klinikärzte im Spannungsfeld zwischen Ökonomie, Technik und Menschlichkeit. [University Hospitals: Changes at any cost? – Hospital Physicians between the Conflicting Priorities of Economics, Technology and Humaneness]
2. Eine andere Welt ist möglich (expanded edition as PDF-file) Politische und philosophische Zitate - Gedanken über den Tag hinaus, Verlag Die Blaue Eule, Essen 2004. [Another World is Possible. Political and Philosophical Citations – Thoughts Surpassing the Day]