A Footnote on Bitburg

A Footnote on Bitburg

Let me add a brief note to David Bromwich’s trenchant article.

The more public tumult about the Holocaust, the less likelihood that the memory of its terribleness will become a serious part of human consciousness. What has been happening with the Holocaust is what seems all-but-inevitably to happen with everything in our culture—its appropriation by publicity, the vast machine of public relations and manufactured images that spreads like a thick oil across genuine thought and perception. By now, the Holocaust has barely any autonomous reality; it has become a calculation of image, a corrupting photo opportunity. Even the eloquence it can sometimes evoke has a streak of falsity and aggrandizement

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Lima