History, Religion, And Meaning

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The Holocaust continues to be a defining event for understanding not only the course of history during the 20th century but the course of human events in general. Perhaps the most contentious issue is that of how the Holocaust continues to be understood, explained, and appropriated. The chapters focus on questions arising from the Holocaust and that have to do with the American understandings of the interrelated web of history, religion, and meaning. In addition, the contributors, from a variety of disciplines, ...

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Overview

The Holocaust continues to be a defining event for understanding not only the course of history during the 20th century but the course of human events in general. Perhaps the most contentious issue is that of how the Holocaust continues to be understood, explained, and appropriated. The chapters focus on questions arising from the Holocaust and that have to do with the American understandings of the interrelated web of history, religion, and meaning. In addition, the contributors, from a variety of disciplines, express views that range across several dimensions of receptivity and both support and challenge other views of how the Holocaust should be commemorated and/or historically situated.

The chapters included in this volume demonstrate that the ongoing rethinking and integrating of memories and questions from and on the Holocaust result in ever-new ethical orientations and demands that continue to affect religious praxis and the work of historians. They deal both explicitly and implicitly with how the Holocaust has been understood or misunderstood. The contributors write from across the disciplinary boundaries of philosophy, theology, history, aesthetics, and political science and raise important ethical issues while providing fresh perspectives from both established and emerging scholars. This unique, cross-disciplinary approach is an essential addition to the literature on the Holocaust.

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JULIUS SIMON is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Questions and Events

Converting Dreams into Realities: Reflections on the Shadow of Birkenau by John K. Roth

The Shoah and the Historian's Passion for the Dead Others by Edith Wyschogrod

Explaining the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer

American Guilt During the Holocaust: A Study of U.S. Foreign Policy Makers' Attitudes Toward Israel by Gilbert Kahn

Israel After Auschwitz: Four Questions about Remembering the Holocaust by Moshe Haar

Re-reading Redemption: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Passover Hagadot by Liora Gubkin

British Millenarian Missionaries in Nineteenth Century Palestine by Thomas A. Idinopulos

Philosophy, Genocide, and Nationalism by Julius Simon

Index

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