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Michael Rothberg

Michael Rothberg holds the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies and is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the author of “The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators” (2019)

Compa­ring Compa­ri­sons: From the “Histo­ri­ker­streit” to the Mbembe Affair

In the late 1980s, mostly German intellectuals discussed the question of the “uniqueness” or “comparability” of the Holocaust. In the Cause Mbembe, the fronts, the participants and the course of the discussion have changed fundamentally – but the political and ethical stakes remain the same.