In school rooms, »Judaism« is discussed in the abstract; Jewish identity is reduced to its religious aspects. The fear of saying something wrong is enormous; the »legacy of guilt« on the shoulders of Germans is too heavy a burden. In her essay, Viola Roggenkamp describes how, after visiting an eighth grade classroom, she realized that a true dialogue is only possible if the self-perception of Jews is taken seriously. Mutual trust must be developed, and cannot be forced.

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