09.06.2017

Michael Weinman on presidential visits to Yad Vashem (Public Seminar)


Faculty Michael Weinman published a new post on The New School for Social Research’s platform Public Seminar. Weinman offers a reflection on the contrast often drawn between the written comments left by Presidents Trump and Obama after their visits to Yad Vashem. 

He concludes: "I cannot agree that Obama’s guestbook entry is somehow “worlds apart” from that of his successor. Yes, it much more eloquent, and (even merely quantitatively) much more substantial. Yes, it shows a great deal more care and thought than Trump’s. But, at its core, it actually has the same message: We come here, and we sign the book in order to join in the chorus that shouts “never again,” without ever truly coming to terms with what exactly it is that occurred."

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