Books: Bitter Roots

WHEN MEMORY COMES by Saul Friedländer Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 186 pages; $9.95

Still they come, the recollections of Jews caught in Europe during World War II, and still the genocide the authors try to describe is not fully understandable. We know about the Teutonic strain of extreme self-righteousness, Germany's economic chaos between the wars and about the ideology that found a target for this bitterness in the Jews. We have Hannah Arendt's concept of the banality of evil, which suggests how good citizens, following orders given by other good citizens who were...

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