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with Alfred Bodenheimer

Killing and death are written and talked about everywhere, and unfortunately they are omnipresent, but what about mourning? How do you mourn all the dead and then move on? Not least because of his crime novel Cain's Sacrifice and how his character Rabbi Klein deals with mourning, Alfred Bodenheimer was asked whether he would take on this topic for this salon.

Since the Hamas massacre on October 7th - he was in Israel at the time - he has reflected on the drifting apart of mourning in the diaspora and in Israel.

“In the Diaspora, the traditional Jewish form of confrontation with death more or less persists. You fear death, you want to keep it away, but when it comes, you usually deal with it in a religious, conventional way (despite all the emotional stress). For example, funeral prayers are said, and possibly a week of mourning (sitting a Shiva). In this sense, the classification of death in a millennia-long history of loss and damage lives on. In Israel, especially since October 7th, I have the feeling that, on the one hand, there is an almost martyr spirit among many soldiers (this was evident dozens of times in the letters soldiers wrote before their death) and, on the other hand, there is a recognition that one Forms of violent death can no longer be accepted because it eats away at the country's self-image. The gap between the diaspora and Israel, which Michael Wolffsohn recently described, is also widening here. However, not just politically, as Wolffsohn meant, but in dealing with a fundamentally human problem and condition.”
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