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Tania Oldenhage

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019515052X.001.0001

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“On Sundays the Forgotten Comes”

“On Sundays the Forgotten Comes”

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Parables for Our Time

Tania Oldenhage (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins to discuss issues of Holocaust remembrance in Germany through a close reading of the poem “Zoon Politikon” by Marie Luise Kaschnitz. This poem describes how the forgotten memories of Nazi genocide return to a German home and haunt its inhabitants. By attending to the poem's first historical setting, West Germany, during the Auschwitz trials in the mid‐1960s, Oldenhage explores the ways in which members of the first and second generation in postwar Germany have been affected by the legacy of the Holocaust. The chapter draws from Sigmund Freud's essay “The Uncanny” and on more recent theories on ghosts, haunting, and the uncanny.

Keywords:   Auschwitz trial, Freud, Germany, ghosts, Holocaust, Marie Luise Kaschnitz, Uncanny

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