As German women writers and translators who lived outside of Germany, Esther Kinsky and Anne Weber engage with the residue of the Holocaust in their memory work. They investigate German anti-Semitism and, in Kinsky's case, the aftereffects of decolonization and racism in Britain during the first decade of the twenty-first century. In her exploratory family memoir, Weber challenges the hagiography that her family constructs about itself—as belonging to an educated elite that is not bound to the norms that govern other people. Kinsky focuses on displaced persons from the Bosnian War of the 1990s on the periphery of London as a neoliberal power center. As global citizens, they are keenly aware of how the Holocaust resonates with more recent genocides and of the need to keep this memory alive. Both texts are aesthetically innovative in their rapid movement among distant eras and geographical locations, mapping new ways of thinking the past side by side with the present.


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