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A dance with the past

Two new memoirs illuminate Germany's changing relationship to the Holocaust

By Ben Mason  

(photo: Willard)

Survivor: Auschwitz, the Death March and My Fight for Freedom by Sam Pivnik (Hodder and Stoughton, £20)

Not Me: Memoirs of a German Childhood by Joachim Fest (Atlantic Books, £20)

The past is populated by people we will never meet and customs that are foreign to us, but it is not some alien land with no bearing on the present. Our relationship with the past is crucial to how we understand ourselves today. So we engage in a…

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