Professor Susan Neiman
Philosopher and Director at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam
Learning from the Germans
In her new book, Susan Neiman combines personal portraits with philosophical reflection, and asks: How ought societies to deal with the evils of their own history? She moved to Berlin in the 1980s as a young Jewish American, and experienced how the Germans dealt with their own historical crimes. She consciously moved back to the USA under Donald Trump, to the Southern states where the heritage of slavery continues to define the present.
Susan Neiman, born in 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia, was a professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University before she accepted the directorship of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam in 2000. Her recent work includes ‘Why Grow Up?’ (2014). She lives in Berlin.