From the Unthinkable to the Unavoidable: American Christian and Jewish Scholars Encounter the Holocaust

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In the last half century, ways of thinking about the Holocaust have changed somewhat dramatically. In this volume, noted scholars reflect on how their own thinking about the Holocaust has changed over the years. In their personal stories they confront the questions that the Holocaust has raised for them and explore how these questions have been evolving. Contributors include John T. Pawlikowski, Richard L. Rubenstein, Michael Berenbaum, and Eva Fleischner.

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Overview

In the last half century, ways of thinking about the Holocaust have changed somewhat dramatically. In this volume, noted scholars reflect on how their own thinking about the Holocaust has changed over the years. In their personal stories they confront the questions that the Holocaust has raised for them and explore how these questions have been evolving. Contributors include John T. Pawlikowski, Richard L. Rubenstein, Michael Berenbaum, and Eva Fleischner.

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American Christian and Jewish scholars reveal the effect life stories and personal experiences of the Holocaust have had on their thinking and the issues and questions that engage them, and how that effect has changed over the years. The 15 topics include post-Holocaust Jewish reflections on German theology, from ignorance to insight, from anger to inquiry, and transforming the void. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

CAROL RITTNER is a Sister of Mercy from the Dallas, Pennsylvania Regional Community. She was appointed the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Holocaust Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1994.

JOHN K. ROTH is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he has been a faculty member since 1966.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Memories, Encounters, and Challenges 1
1 Voices for Change: Chapters in the Post-Holocaust Dialogue 7
2 A Door that Opened and Never Closed: Teaching the Shoah 19
3 In the Name of the Father 33
4 Being Catholic, Learning Jewish: Personal Reflections on the Shoah 41
5 Post-Holocaust Jewish Reflections on German Theology 57
6 How My Mind Has Changed 73
7 My Experience with the Holocaust 83
8 Penetrating Barriers: A Holocaust Retrospective 99
9 Once and Not Future Partisan: A Plea for History 111
10 From Ignorance to Insight 125
11 The Shoah-Road to a Revised/Revived Christianity 139
12 From Anger to Inquiry 149
13 A Twentieth-Century Journey 157
14 Transforming the Void 173
15 It Started with Tears: The Holocaust's Impact on My Life and Work 191
Selected Bibliography 203
Index 209
About the Editors and Contributors 217
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