Michael Rothberg Examines How People and Societies Recall Traumatic Historical Events

June 23, 2023

A living story told from innumerable perspectives, history is largely shaped by the way it is remembered. But when traditionally accepted versions of history are challenged or expanded, it can be frightening and even destabilizing — both to people and to societies.

Michael Rothberg, UCLA’s 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Professor of Holocaust Studies, was one of the first scholars to recognize and write about the troubling, disruptive echoes that linked remembrances of the Holocaust and the end of European colonialism in the 1950s and 1960s.

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