Torture and other acts of violence have consequences for individuals but also for society as a whole. The impact can be traced over generations, both societally and politically.
At the heart of this panel discussion on trauma and memory is the hope to heal these wounds by means of truth and justice. Two activists from Chile and Uruguay, Beatriz Brinkmann and Sara Mendéz, have experienced traumatic and violent events firsthand. Here, Viennese author Erich Hackl will read from his novel Sara and Simón, which tells the story of Mendéz and her son. Together with Knut Rauchfuss and Argentine doctor Fabiana Rousseaux, they will discuss whether the disclosure of mass violence and legal proceedings on these crimes can help the healing process for individuals and for collective trauma.
David Becker: Die Erfindung des Traumas, Gießen 2014
Erich Hackl: Sara und Simón, Zurich 1995
Erich Hackl: Argentina’s Angel, 2014
Primo Levi: The Drowned And The Saved, 1986
Giorgio Agamben: Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive. Homo Sacer III, 1998
Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, New York 1963