Carolyn J. Dean


On her book Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust

Cover Interview of February 01, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How attitudes toward victims have been shaped historically.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“A focus on victims helps us to discuss things that are uncomfortable and yet central to our self-image: how do we really feel about those who suffer?  Do they always evoke our sympathy?  Why or why not?”

On the second:

“Fragile, powerless, and helpless victims make us uncomfortable, evoke complicated responses in us, and make it hard for us to empathize with the humiliation they underwent.”