The door to Europe

The historian Tony Judd wrote that the memory of the Holocaust is the entry door to Europe. There are other memories and other doors to Europe but the memory of the Shoah has opened the first. Most of the others remain unopened. Memory today is just another word for our awareness of colonialism, the treatment of First Nations, all the bloody stains on the “European” planet. Most of them come from our highly literary background. So it is up to us to question the verticality of our thinking. As I said, memory is a chance. The unopened doors to Europe are a possible explanation why Europe is still today, as in the centuries before, a utopian fiction rather than a community.
Jochen Gerz