Out of Silence – educational resources

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2015 by newcriticaltheory


Online resources and prepublication excerpts from Out of Silence https://newcriticaltheory.com/out-of-silence-repair-across-generations/out-of-silence-educational-resources/

Out of Silence – educational resources
Take a Journey in Images: Three Generations across Five Continents


‘The Banality of Evil,’ and the Nazis’ Early Victims – NYTimes.com, September 9, 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2014 by newcriticaltheory

‘The Banality of Evil,’ and the Nazis’ Early Victims – NYTimes.com, online September 8 and printed on September 9, 2014,  page A 28

To the Editor:
Re “Book Portrays Genocidal Nazi as Evil, but Not Banal” (Arts pages, Sept. 3):

Hannah Arendt’s notion of “the banality of evil” has been consistently misunderstood as discounting the horrendous nature of Adolf Eichmann’s deeds, and it has become a straw man in arguments for positions with which Ms. Arendt would not disagree.

Her term originated in a letter correspondence with Karl Jaspers, who warned her not to elevate Nazi acts into a hagiography of satanic deeds. Eichmann was not a devil from another planet; he was part of the human race, he was educated, he understood a bit of Kant, and he had agency and intentionality.

This is the nature of the word “banality”: the evil we face in Eichmann and often today is an all-too-human affair. Humans are responsible for their world, not gods and demons.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sept. 3, 2014

The writer is a professor of philosophy at Arizona State University on sabbatical in Thailand. He is completing a post-Holocaust intellectual memoir, “Out of Silence: Repair across Generations.”


Out of Silence: Repair across Generations

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 by newcriticaltheory


Copyright © 2015 by Martin Beck Matuštik

ISBN-13: 978-0988373211
ISBN-10: 0988373211
LCCN: 2014909735
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

6.69″ x 9.61″ (16.993 x 24.409 cm), Black & White on White paper, Illustrations

Out of Silence: Repair across Generations is the story of one man’s journey through three generations and four continents to find—and heal—a past he didn’t know existed.

In 1997, Martin Beck Matuštík made a dramatic discovery at the age of forty: he was the child of a Holocaust survivor. His mother’s shocking secret came from the most unlikely of places—shoeboxes full of her literary and personal archives. These dramatic revelations changed his life forever and set him on a path to discover his true identity. His research unveiled his mother’s remarkable life—and the truth behind her painful decision to reject her Jewish heritage and keep it hidden from her family.

Out of Silence in images The cup of 1927-1937

Akin to Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948, Matuštík’s Out of Silence is an intensely personal Czech-Slovak-American Jewish journey into the past to understand the present and find hope for the future. Dealing with self-transformation, loss, memory, recovery, and the unsettling reality of living with multiple identities, Matuštík’s exhaustive research and selfless prose offer other children of survivors—and the world at large—a remarkable look inside one man’s endeavor to repair the shattered map of his identity.

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