In a landmark process after the Holocaust, Germany created the largest sustained redress program in history, amounting to more than $60 billion. When human rights violations are presented primarily in material terms, acknowledging an indemnity claim becomes one way for a victim to be recognized. At the same time, indemnifications provoke difficult questions about how suffering and loss can be measured. Slyomovics, daughter of a survivor, maintains that we can use the legacies of German reparations to reconsider approaches to reparations in the future.


Susan Slyomovics (UCLA)

Sponsored by the
UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of Anthropology’s “Culture, Power, Social Change” Group
G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA