Peter Weiss' descriptions of the agony and torture associated with the genocide against the Jews, of the survivors’ experiences of violence, death and war, contribute substantially to breaching the taboo of the Shoah, and hence to coming to terms with the past. By invoking the dead through memory, making them speak and thus overcome death in his works, the author confronts his guilt complex and mortal fear.
PhD in German literature (Hanover) on Peter Weiss. Since 2006 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) lecturer at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Research focuses: fine arts in 18th to 20th century literature, theater, conceptions of memory, literary illustrations of the Holocaust, Peter Weiss.