In a fascinating article published by Tablet Magazine, scholar Robert Zaretsky writes about why he stopped teaching the Holocaust. During a public lecture discussing Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz and Levi’s experience in the death camp, Zaretsky emphasized what Levi described as the gray zone – the fuzzy zone between victim and perpetrator. In the question and answer portion of the discussion, Zaretsky was queried by a Holocaust survivor who discounted the experiences of Levi and thus questioned the entire lecture. This experienced led Zaretsky to the realization that only those who experienced the death camps could speak to its actualities and this led the scholar away from teaching the subject.
Read it here at the Tablet’s website: http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/books/86456/dissolution/?all=1