I understand that it is important not to forget these events. Although I am sure that this forgetting is already occurring. But there is a thin line between repeating a history, and reanimating the hatred that produced it. Some years ago, Amit, a very close family friend, who has sadly passed, made a point of marking the complexity of this post-traumatic memory problem through the lens of Death of a Salesman. In the play Willy carries a suitcase with him everywhere he goes, yet he never opens it. Why was this? Amit asked. Since then, I have continuously sought a solid answer. The best I have come up with so far, is this; that the luggage could be considered a metaphor for the Wandering Jew’s, for that is what Willy Loman is, inability to escape his history. History as emotional baggage. The suitcase is also there because there is a repeating message being delivered regarding wandering. The baggage of history is the baggage of the cursed Jew that is doomed to traipse the world in search of redemption. I think that to some extent this “they have a lot of baggage” statement, this idea of a constant weight, also comes out of a far deeper impulse found in the problem of trying to escape confrontations with history. The psychological usage emerging out of an embodied relation to traumas passed. History equals weight, and weight is not something we want to carry. And that is where the necessity to deal with post-traumatic discourse lies. The Death of a Salesman question indicates as much. Eventually Willy’s weight creates his demise. The weight found in all his faults, as a father, a husband, a salesman, do not prevent us from asking, how much trauma did he inherit before he even started, as an immigrant Jew trying to make a name for himself in a new land. How much wandering had been done before he began? In the world of inheritance, memory and trauma are cousins. You might be thinking, why mention all this, but without this ‘imaginary baggage’ it is hard to pinpoint where to begin. The first official meeting was not concerned so much with the exhibition but with the baggage I was carrying.