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"Jews and Native Americans are often rhetorically connected as victims (of genocide)-by members of both groups. I would like to reflect from both a personal and scholarly perspective on what is gained and lost in such representations. Compared to the Holocaust, public acknowledgement of the genocide committed against the Native Americans remains limited, not to speak of restitution or the payment of reparations. This, I would argue, has important ramifications for writing and thinking about the two groups. Nonetheless, my concerns are less those of comparative genocide or victimhood, and more the complexities of the search for cultural authenticity involved in this conflation. This talk is part of a new project of mine investigating the encounter with Native Americans in the lives and works of German Jewish authors from the nineteenth century to present day."
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