By Mick Krever, CNN
Avraham Burg says obsession with the holocaust is destroying Israel.
That may seem a strange statement, especially from an orthodox Jew and former speaker of the Knesset, but Burg says it is unhealthy.
“It’s too much,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “If you are traumatized, go through it. Don’t deny it. Don’t silence it. … [But] I see a day already in which the last holocaust survivor will pass away. It will happen in our lifetime. Then we shall wake up one day, one morning, and the holocaust will not be any more a personal experience, but it will be a kind of collective memory.”
For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to compare Iran to Germany in 1938, Burg said, is exploiting Israel’s traumas.
“I write about the different strategy for the future memory,” he said. “A strategy of trust between us and the world, rather that one of permanent trauma.”
Reconciliation is possible, says Burg, and one need look no further than Germany itself. FULL POST
It is an image still woefully rare: a woman conducting a major orchestra. But Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, did just that. She was the first woman to conduct a major American orchestra.
“It's such a conservative field,” Alsop told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “I think the idea of women in the ultimate leadership roles is still a big obstacle and an issue for people today.”
Alsop, who travels the world to conduct – in Britain, Brazil – says music is “inherent to our beings.”
“I think music - besides being able to bring people together and transform young people's lives, it also captures a moment, an emotional moment, for all of us. And I think when people are deprived of music, it's like taking away an emotional experience, denying them an emotional connection to living and to each other.”
CNN’s Juliet Fuisz produced this piece for television.