Historicism, the Holocaust, and Zionism: Critical Studies in Modern Jewish History and Thought

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This volume offers a challenging, critical exploration of several of the most elemental and repercussive topics in modern Jewish history and thought. A sequel to Katz's National Jewish Book Award-winning study, Post-Holocaust Dialogues, the work assesses the contemporary Jewish situation by examining three fundamental issues--the problem of historicism, the historical, theological, and phenomenological investigation of the Holocaust, and the contemporary meaning of Zionism. Specifically, Katz focuses on such ...
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Historicism, the Holocaust, and Zionism: Critical Studies in Modern Jewish History and Thought

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Overview

This volume offers a challenging, critical exploration of several of the most elemental and repercussive topics in modern Jewish history and thought. A sequel to Katz's National Jewish Book Award-winning study, Post-Holocaust Dialogues, the work assesses the contemporary Jewish situation by examining three fundamental issues--the problem of historicism, the historical, theological, and phenomenological investigation of the Holocaust, and the contemporary meaning of Zionism. Specifically, Katz focuses on such matters as the role of racial antisemitism in the Weimar Republic, the oft-suggested comparison between the Gulag and Auschwitz, the role of technology in the Holocaust, and the internal dialectic and subtleties of Zionist ideology, among many other subjects. The volume identifies the main issues in the contemporary Jewish intellectual universe and outlines the contours of a larger, more synthetic understanding of contemporary Jewish existence.
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Bringing together essays written over the past decade, this sequel to Katz's National Jewish Book Award-winning study, Post-Holocaust Dialogues, assesses the contemporary Jewish situation by examining three fundamental issues--the problem of historicism, the historical, theological, and phenomenological investigation of the Holocaust, and the contemporary meaning of Zionism. Paper edition (unseen), $17.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814746479
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven T. Katz is Slater Professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies and former Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. His many publications include The Holocaust in Historical Context.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 On Historicism and Eternity: Reflections on the 100th Birthday of Franz Rosenzweig 1
2 Jewish Philosophy in the 1980s: A Diagnosis and Prescription 27
3 Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hasidism 53
4 1918 and After: The Role of Racial Antisemitism in the Nazi Analysis of the Weimar Republic 74
5 Quantity and Interpretation--Issues in the Comparative Historical Analysis of the Holocaust 105
6 Auschwitz and the Gulag: Discontinuities and Dissimilarities 138
7 Defining the Uniqueness of the Holocaust: Preliminary Clarifications and Disclaimers 162
8 Technology and Genocide: Technology as a "Form of Life" 193
9 "Voluntary Covenant": Irving Greenberg on Faith after the Holocaust 225
10 "The Tremendum": Arthur Cohen's Understanding of Faith after the Holocaust 251
11 Criteria for a Contemporary Zionist Ideology 274
12 Zionism as an Expression of Jewish Freedom 289
Index 301
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