Heated discussion at a workshop. Many in sympathy with the position that the Holocaust cannot and should not be represented in any art form (yet if it cannot be, then the ethical proscription need not be applied, because no representation is ever going to be possible). But not all agree with it. One colleague: the Nazis kept the Holocaust behind closed doors, to declare it beyond representation is to confirm their success in concealment. Absurd argument, says another. Mass murder cannot be confused with respect for the dead. There follows a discussion on art works, literature and film which either circumnavigate the taboo – if there is one – attempt to expose the problems with it (is there a meta-discursive level to non-representation?), or indeed break it. Came away with many, many thoughts - and with some ideas for presenting this topic in class. Scenes in “Amen” and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” which approach the issue of representation in a way which will open discussion.