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Power of GentlenessMeditations on the Risk of Living$
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Anne Dufourmantelle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279586

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.001.0001

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In Hell

In Hell

(p.75) In Hell
Power of Gentleness

Anne Dufourmantelle

, Katherine Payne, Vincent Sallé
Fordham University Press

Every being is implicated in the devastation that took place in the twentieth century: Nazism, the bomb, genocides, mass deportations. When trauma occurs, it defeats the very possibility of being a subject within it—except in rare exceptions when lucid witnesses can confront it for what it is without being crushed. Something devastating falls upon us. And yet that is when it is most crucial to summon gentleness. W. H. R. Rivers demonstrated this in his regeneration of WW I soldiers.

Keywords:   devastation, genocide, gentleness, Holocaust, listening, Shoah, trauma, violence, war

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