for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

this morning (monday 14th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4
the easter rising, 100 years on (presented by tom sutcliffe) (in the start the week series)

(at 0:33:54) “What about the classic instance of the duty of remembering the Holocaust. Would it be better if we forgot that?
David Rieff: “Well, first of all, with respect, eventually we’re going to. And second (I’m sorry again to bring in geologic time, but it is surely at least worth taking to some extent into account), and the second thing is, it seems to me, that memory is different as long as there are people alive or at least people alive who knew people who were alive, so that yes as long as there are survivors of the camps. of which there are a few, as long as there are the children of those people of which there are many, and grandchildren, fine But in a hundred years, in two hundred years? Yes I think it might be time to let it go. And even in terms of the memory of the Holocaust, it seems to me the memory of the Holocaust as it is deployed in Israel has been nothing but negative.”

including contribution from …
david rieff, author of in praise of forgetting
(if you missed it, available at


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