what are you talking about?? i grew up with consciousness and awareness of the holocaust. my father and his parents lived through it. my grandfather was one of 9 siblings—two survived. i went to a university with a ton of jews, did programs in israel, and now live in new york city, which also has a ton of jews. i have never, ever, heard anyone say "i think i died in the holocaust. in a past life". or anything similar at all. furthermore, what is the point of your article?? you seem to be criticizing the UN for ignoring other genocides happening in the world, which is a valid point, but you do not develop this. instead, the article concludes that "the future of holocaust memory exists" in synagogues—and apparently on one day a year, when a particular parsha is read. is that really what you mean? the tone of the penultimate paragraph, especially the last sentence, implies that after that silent moment in the synagogue, people will go outside and forget everything (again). forget what? whatever lessons we've created from the holocaust? to be concerned and take action about current atrocities? but you contradict that argument by your very opening statement, i.e., that "absent memory" of the holocaust is so pervasive that twenty-somethings are routinely beset by feelings of having died in the holocaust. you even say this has "affected a national psyche". of which nation?? israel? but earlier it sounded like you were talking about diaspora kids. do you mean the jewish "nation", as in people? just to be clear, i'm not criticizing the notion of absent memory, nor your point about the UN ignoring current atrocites. but your article has some problems of logic, and doesn't really seem to have a clear purpose, even as a personal, reflective essay.
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