“On Sundays the Forgotten Comes”

Tania Oldenhage

in Parables for Our Time

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150520
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834549 | DOI:

Series: AAR Cultural Criticism Series

 “On Sundays the Forgotten Comes”

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This chapter begins to discuss issues of Holocaust remembrance in Germany through a close reading of the poem “Zoon Politikon” by Marie Luise Kaschnitz. This poem describes how the forgotten memories of Nazi genocide return to a German home and haunt its inhabitants. By attending to the poem's first historical setting, West Germany, during the Auschwitz trials in the mid‐1960s, Oldenhage explores the ways in which members of the first and second generation in postwar Germany have been affected by the legacy of the Holocaust. The chapter draws from Sigmund Freud's essay “The Uncanny” and on more recent theories on ghosts, haunting, and the uncanny.

Keywords: Auschwitz trial; Freud; Germany; ghosts; Holocaust; Marie Luise Kaschnitz; Uncanny

Chapter.  5563 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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