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God's Forgiveness and Ours: Memory
of Interrogations, Interrogation of Memory

Miroslav Volf

The author recounts his own experiences of protracted interrogations by the secret service in the former Yugoslavia to illustrate the challenges of remembering rightly wrongs endured. The challenge facing individuals and whole cultures is this: not just to remember wrongs endured and name them publicly as we are so often encouraged, but to remember them rightly, which is to say to remember them in a way that heals wounded persons as well as their relations to others, including their relation to the perpetrators. At the heart of the proposed way of remembering rightly is the memory of Christ’s passion and resurrection. This idea, only sketched in the article, is developed in the author’s book The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World.

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