This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This book has focused on critics' effort to return to an empirical history of injury deemed overwhelmed by memory, itself related to the iconic and thus ahistorical status granted Auschwitz and, by proxy, Jewish memory. The status of Auschwitz as an icon of evil in our time has generated the evacuation of historical in favor of the moral content of suffering that leads to the peculiar concept of “too much” memory. This pervasive reference to “excessive” or “surfeit” memory is the most problematic figuration of victims' demands for recognition. The concept of surfeit memory should be recast and envisioned properly as a transformation of victims into aggressors who threaten the tranquility of those whose memories are acknowledged.
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