Repentance for the Holocaust

Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past
Author: C. K. Martin Chung
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501712535
Category: History
Page: 376
View: 3772
Turning in the God-human relationship -- Interhuman and collective repentance -- People, not devils -- Fascism was the great apostasy -- The French must love the German spirit now entrusted to them -- One cannot speak of injustice without raising the question of guilt -- You won't believe how thankful I am for what you have said -- Courage to say no and still more courage to say yes -- Raise our voice, both Jews and Germans -- The appropriateness of each proposition depends upon who utters it -- Hitler is in ourselves, too -- I am Germany -- Know before whom you will have to give an account -- We take over the guilt of the fathers -- Remember the evil, but do not forget the good -- We are not authorized to forgive

Mothering the Fatherland

A Protestant Sisterhood Repents for the Holocaust
Author: George Faithful
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199363463
Category: History
Page: 270
View: 2830
George Faithful poses a crucial question: How should one respond, personally or theologically, to genocide committed on one's behalf? After the Allied bombing of Darmstadt, Germany in 1944, some young Lutheran women perceived their city's destruction as an expression of God's wrath - a punishment for Hitler's murder of six million Jews, purportedly on behalf of the German people. Faithful tells the story of a number of these young women, who formed the Ecumenical Sisterhood of Mary in1947 in order to embrace lives of radical repentance for the sins of the German people (Volk) against God and against the Jews. Under Mother Basilea Schlink, the sisters embraced an ideology of collective national guilt. According to Schlink, a handful of true Christians were called to lead their nation in repentance, interceding and making spiritual sacrifices as priests on its behalf and saving it from looming destruction. Schlink explained that these ideas were rooted in her reading of theHebrew Bible; in fact, Faithful reveals, they also bore the influence of German nationalism. Schlink's vision resulted in penitential practices that dominated the life of her community. While the women of the sisterhood were subject to each other, they elevated themselves and their spiritual authority above that of any male leaders. They offered female and gender-neutral paradigms of self-sacrifice as normative for all Christians. Mothering the Fatherland shows how the sisters overturned German Protestant norms for gender roles, communal life, and nationalism in their pursuit of redemption.

The Blame Business

The Uses and Misuses of Accountability
Author: Stephen Fineman
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780234589
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 160
View: 8321
Whenever anything goes wrong our first instinct is often to find someone to blame. Blame infuses our society in myriad ways, seeding rancor and revenge, dividing lovers, coworkers, communities, and nations. Yet blame, appropriately placed and managed, safeguards moral order and legal culpability. In this book, Stephen Fineman explores this duality inherent in blame, taking us on a fascinating journey across blame’s sometimes bitter—sometimes just—landscape. Fineman focuses on blame’s roots and enduring manifestations, from the witch hunts of the past to today’s more buttoned-up scapegoating and stigmatization; from an individual’s righteous anger to entire cultures shaped by its power. Addressing our era of increasing unease about governance in public and private enterprises, he delves behind the scenes of organizations infected with blame, profiling the people who keep its plates spinning. With a critical eye, he examines the vexing issue of public accountability and the political circus that so often characterizes our politicians and corporations lost in their “blame games.” Ultimately, Fineman raises the challenging question of how we might mitigate blame’s corrosive effects, asking crucial and timely questions about the limits of remorse and forgiveness, the role of state apologies for historical wrongdoings, whether restorative justice can work, and many other topics. An absorbing look at something we all know intimately, this book deepens our understanding of blame and how it shapes our lives.

Belsen in History and Memory

Author: David Cesarani,Tony Kushner,Jo Reilly,Colin Richmond
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135251371
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 3926
Drawing on documentary and oral sources in Yiddish, Hebrew, German, Dutch and French, this book challenges many sterotypes about Belsen, and reinstates the groups hitherto marginalized or ignored in accounts of the camp and its liberation.

The Holocaust, Never to be Forgotten

Reflections on the Holy See's Document We Remember
Author: Avery Robert Dulles,Avery Dulles,Leon Klenicki,Edward Idris Cassidy
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809139859
Category: History
Page: 92
View: 7364
The book contains the full text of the Holy See's document, with its introduction by Pope John Paul II himself, as well as the explanatory address to the American Jewish Committee by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, the president of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews. It also contains essays by two important theological thinkers, one a Jew and one a Catholic, both deeply concerned with interreligious dialogue. Rabbi Leon Klenicki sums up a number of Jewish perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the statement, while noted theologian Avery Dulles, S.J., explores the various Catholic responses to the Holocaust in the past and how this document breaks new ground.

»Opa war kein Nazi«

Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust im Familiengedächtnis
Author: Harald Welzer,Sabine Moller,Karoline Tschuggnall
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104033552
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 1895
Was erinnern Deutsche aus der NS-Vergangenheit? Die bahnbrechende Studie, die eine ganze Forschungstradition begründet hat und seit 2002 in zahllosen Auflagen und Sprachen erschienen ist Was wird in Familien »ganz normaler« Deutscher über Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust überliefert? Die Autoren haben in Familiengesprächen und Interviews untersucht, was Deutsche aus der NS-Vergangenheit erinnern, wie sie darüber sprechen und was davon an die Kinder- und Enkelgeneration weitergegeben wird. Die Ergebnisse der Interviews mit drei Generationen machen deutlich, dass in den Familien andere Bilder von der NS-Vergangenheit vermittelt werden als z.B. in den Schulen. Im Familiengedächtnis finden sich vorrangig Geschichten über das Leiden der eigenen Angehörigen unter Bespitzelung, Terror, Krieg, Bomben und Gefangenschaft. Diese Themen werden in den Familien nicht als Wissen vermittelt, sondern als Gewissheit. »Nazis« kommen in den eigenen Familien nicht vor: »Opa war kein Nazi.«

Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe

Author: Raymond Taras
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748654895
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
View: 1550
This cross-national analysis of Islamophobia looks at these questions in an innovative, even-handed way, steering clear of politically-correct cliches and stereotypes. It cautions that Islamophobia is a serious threat to European values and norms, and mus

Black Earth

Der Holocaust und warum er sich wiederholen kann
Author: Timothy Snyder
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406684157
Category: History
Page: 488
View: 2092
Der Holocaust begann an einem dunklen Ort – in Hitlers Kopf: Die Eliminierung der Juden würde das ökologische Gleichgewicht des Planeten wiederherstellen und Deutschland die Ressourcen verschaffen, die es dringend benötigte. Timothy Snyders aufsehenerregendes Buch beginnt damit, wie Hitler die Welt sah. Atemberaubend intensiv schildert Black Earth, was geschah, wie es geschah und warum es geschah. Und es endet mit einer Warnung: Wir sollten uns nicht zu sicher sein. Wir sind nicht so weit entfernt von jenen Ängsten, die den Holocaust ermöglicht haben, wie wir glauben. Wir haben uns daran gewöhnt, den Holocaust als Todesfabrik zu sehen, in Gang gesetzt von Bürokratien des Bösen. Doch als die Gaskammern in Betrieb gingen, waren bereits mehr als eine Million Juden tot: erschossen aus nächster Nähe vor Gruben und Schluchten. Sie wurden in den Todeszonen ermordet, die in einem deutschen Kolonialkrieg im Osten geschaffen worden waren, viele davon auf der fruchtbaren schwarzen Erde, von der die Deutschen meinten, sie würde künftig ihr Überleben sichern. Es hat etwas Beruhigendes zu glauben, der Holocaust sei ein völlig singulärer Vorgang gewesen. Doch Timothy Snyder zeigt, dass wir an einigen der wichtigsten historischen Lehren vorbeigehen, die wir aus dem Holocaust ziehen können, wenn wir nicht sehr genau hinschauen, welche Faktoren und Bedingungen ihn ermöglicht haben. Sein Bestseller Bloodlands war eine innovative Erkundung der Ereignisse in Osteuropa zwischen 1933 und 1945, als die Politik der Nationalsozialisten und der Sowjets den Tod von 14 Millionen Menschen verursachten. Black Earth ist eine nicht weniger eindringliche Auseinandersetzung mit den Ideen und der Politik, die den schlimmsten Massenmord des Jahrhunderts ermöglicht haben: den Holocaust.

Remembering the Holocaust

A Debate
Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190207639
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
View: 1387
Remembering the Holocaust explains why the Holocaust has come to be considered the central event of the 20th century, and what this means. Presenting Jeffrey Alexander's controversial essay that, in the words of Geoffrey Hartman, has already become a classic in the Holocaust literature, and following up with challenging and equally provocative responses to it, this book offers a sweeping historical reconstruction of the Jewish mass murder as it evolved in the popular imagination of Western peoples, as well as an examination of its consequences. Alexander's inquiry points to a broad cultural transition that took place in Western societies after World War II: from confidence in moving past the most terrible of Nazi wartime atrocities to pessimism about the possibility for overcoming violence, ethnic conflict, and war. The Holocaust has become the central tragedy of modern times, an event which can no longer be overcome, but one that offers possibilities to extend its moral lessons beyond Jews to victims of other types of secular and religious strife. Following Alexander's controversial thesis is a series of responses by distinguished scholars in the humanities and social sciences--Martin Jay, Bernhard Giesen, Michael Rothberg, Robert Manne, Nathan Glazer, and Elihu & Ruth Katz--considering the implications of the universal moral relevance of the Holocaust. A final response from Alexander in a postscript focusing on the repercussions of the Holocaust in Israel concludes this forthright and engaging discussion. Remembering the Holocaust is an all-too-rare debate on our conception of the Holocaust, how it has evolved over the years, and the profound effects it will have on the way we envision the future.


Post-Holocaust Struggles with Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice
Author: David Patterson,John K Roth
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295983714
Category: Religion
Page: 275
View: 8336
Nine contributors tackle questions about the nature of memory and forgiveness after the Holocaust. This book - created out of shared concerns about forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice, and out of a desire to investigate differences between religious traditions - represents an effort to spark meaningful dialogue between Jews and Christians and to encourage others to participate in similar inter- and intrafaith inquiries.

Theological and Halakhic Reflections on the Holocaust

Author: Bernhard H. Rosenberg
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
ISBN: 9780881253757
Category: Religion
Page: 363
View: 967

Remembering for the future: working papers and addenda

Author: Yehuda Bauer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780080367545
Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Page: N.A
View: 7295

Eichmann in Jerusalem

Ein Bericht von der Banalität des Bösen
Author: Hannah Arendt
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492962580
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 448
View: 1353
Der ehemalige SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann gilt als einer der Hauptverantwortlichen für die »Endlösung« der Juden in Europa. Der Prozess gegen ihn fand 1961 in Jerusalem statt. Hannah Arendts Prozessbericht wurde von ihr 1964 als Buch publiziert und brachte eine Lawine ins Rollen: Es stieß bei seinem Erscheinen auf heftige Ablehnung in Israel, Deutschland und in den USA– und wurde zu einem Klassiker wie kaum ein anderes vergleichbares Werk zur Zeitgeschichte und ihrer Deutung.

Der Mann, der ins KZ einbrach

Author: Denis Avey,Rob Broomby
ISBN: 3838704274
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 350
View: 4214
Als Millionen alles getan hätten, um herauszukommen, schlich sich ein englischer Soldat ins KZ Auschwitz. Denis Avey wollte mit eigenen Augen sehen, was in dem Lager geschah. Jahrzehntelang konnte er nicht darüber sprechen. Jetzt erzählt er mit BBC-Reporter Rob Broomby seine Geschichte. Eine unglaubliche Überlebensgeschichte voller jugendlicher Waghalsigkeit und echtem Mut.

The Twentieth Century's Quest for Closure

Author: Sandra G. Giacomazzi
Publisher: Universal-Publishers
ISBN: 9781581127553
Category: Political Science
Page: 144
View: 1960

Rescue for the Dead

The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity
Author: Jeffrey A. Trumbower
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198032328
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 8861
Christianity is a religion of salvation in which believers have always anticipated post-mortem bliss for the faithful and non-salvation for others. Here, Trumbower examines how and why death came to be perceived as such a firm boundary of salvation. Analyzing exceptions to this principle from ancient Christianity, he finds that the principle itself was slow to develop and not universally accepted in the Christian movement's first four hundred years. In fact, only in the West was this principle definitively articulated, due in large part to the work and influence of Augustine.

Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Christian and Jewish Perspectives
Author: Judith Herschcopf Banki,John Pawlikowski
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781580511094
Category: History
Page: 364
View: 1314
It is not enough to probe the historical details of the cataclysmic event of the Holocaust. We need to understand how the Nazis unleashed cultural, political, and religious forces that remain very much with us as we enter the new millennium. Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust examines these forces with contributions from seventeen leading scholars on the Holocaust and on Christian-Jewish relations.

Wounds Not Healed by Time

The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness
Author: Solomon Schimmel
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195176124
Category: Philosophy
Page: 265
View: 5013
In this thoughtful book Schimmel guides readers through the meanings of justice, forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation. In doing so, he probes to the core of the human encounter with evil, drawing on religious traditions, psychology, philosophy, and the personal experiences of both perpetrators and of victims.

Remembrance, Repentance, Reconciliation

The 25th Anniversary Volume of the Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches
Author: Douglas F. Tobler
Publisher: University Press of Amer
Category: History
Page: 215
View: 1080
This book is a collection of essays from the 25th annual Scholar's Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. The contributors represent a variety of disciplines, countries, and religious faiths. Several essays invite readers to revisit various issues of the Holocaust reality, including a study of new evidence for anti-Semitism among the Christian missions and a theory of how and when films may have impelled Hitler to the Final Solution. Other chapters explore the role of the Holocaust in Israeli literature and what literature can contribute to our understanding of the Holocaust and its meaning. The book also offers help to teachers at all levels who are planning to integrate more material on the Holocaust into their curricula or who are developing new courses on the subject. Finally, some essays will appeal to those seeking penitence and reconciliation.

Holocaust, Israel, and Canadian Protestant Churches

Author: Haim Genizi
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 077357039X
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 1350
Genizi pays particular attention to the controversy surrounding A.C. Forrest, editor of the influential United Church Observer, which constantly criticized Israel's policies and strongly supported the Palestinian cause, a position that led to a serious dispute with the Canadian Jewish community. Genizi also deals with the complications and ambiguities of the geopolitics of the Middle East and examines the dilemmas they pose for both the Christian and the Jewish conscience. The conflict over resolutions condemning Israel for accepting apartheid and maintaining systematic racial cleansing, adopted in the international conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, in late 2001, shows how explosive the controversy over the Israel-Palestinian crisis remains.