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The Uses and Abuses of Knowledge: Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the German Church Struggle

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The theme of the 23rd Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the German Church Struggle, 'The Uses and Abuses of Knowledge,' emphasized the epistemic dimensions of what happened in the Shoah and the accompanying church struggle along with the hermeneutical issues which arise from them. The major plenaries and accompanying panels examined a variety of related topics with particularly focused opportunities for examining how knowledge, as well as power, have been used and abused in the past in addition to ...

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Overview

The theme of the 23rd Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the German Church Struggle, 'The Uses and Abuses of Knowledge,' emphasized the epistemic dimensions of what happened in the Shoah and the accompanying church struggle along with the hermeneutical issues which arise from them. The major plenaries and accompanying panels examined a variety of related topics with particularly focused opportunities for examining how knowledge, as well as power, have been used and abused in the past in addition to raising questions about the ways we remember and attend to our world in the present. Throughout this book, the conference theme is approached from a number of perspectives in varying styles and voices. Individually and collectively, they make it abundantly clear that knowledge is power and consequently what we know as well as how we know are questions we must continually investigate if we are to use the power of knowing wisely and responsibly.

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George M. Kren
...contains some valuable papers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761806295
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/30/1996
  • Series: Studies in the Shoah Series
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry F. Knight is Associate Professor of Religion and the University Chaplain at The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Marcia Sachs Littell is Adjunct Professor at Temple University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: A Guided Anticipatory Tour 3
Ch. 2 Contested Memory, Contested Space: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 15
Ch. 3 The Genesis of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: A Case Study of the Politics of Memorializing the Holocaust 27
Ch. 4 The Problematics of Memory: A Hermeneutical Inquiry Into the Holocaust 41
Ch. 5 History as Memory: The Influence of Time and Paradigm 53
Ch. 6 The Politics of Memory: 1946 and 1992 Parallels between the Denazification Controversy and the Stasi Debate 67
Ch. 7 Remembering for the Future 81
Ch. 8 Coming to Terms with the Past: The Church and the Stasi 93
Ch. 9 The Lutheran Free Churches and the Third Reich 109
Ch. 10 The Moral Imperative of Community Support: An Historical Account of the Rescue Networks in Denmark 121
Ch. 11 A Certain Kind of Faith: Christian Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust 137
Ch. 12 From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Technobureaucratic Rationality and the Myth of Life Through Death 157
Ch. 13 German "Brain Drain" in Response to Aryan Science: A Case Study of One Background of the Manhattan Project 179
Ch. 14 Genocidal Dimensions of the Atomic Bombs? 189
Ch. 15 A Child of the Bomb: Reflections on War and the Nuclear Age 207
Ch. 16 Higher Education in the Shadows of the Holocaust 223
Ch. 17 Women, Suffering, and the Problem of Evil 247
Ch. 18 Wrestling with Two Texts: Genesis 32:22-33 and Matthew 26:36-46 - A Morning Roundtable 255
Ch. 19 Disorder in Order: The Interlocution of Shoah in the Passover Haggadah and Seder 273
Ch. 20 Babi Yar Revisited 295
Ch. 21 Portraits of Two Survivors: A Comparative Study of Elie Wiesel and Aharon Appelfeld 307
Ch. 22 Tchelitchew, Shahn and Kaliszan: Three Artistic Responses to the Warsaw Ghetto 317
Ch. 23 "The Story Begins...:" Reflections on Claude Lanzmann's Shoah 333
Ch. 24 Holy Wars and Ethnic Cleansing: Report on Research in Progress 349
Ch. 25 From Incarceration Society to Genocidal Society: Reflections on Civil Wars in Yugoslavia 379
Ch. 26 An Use and Abuse of Knowledge: The Holocaust and the Problem of Race 393
Ch. 27 The Vatican and the Holocaust: Unresolved Issues 403
Ch. 28 A Post Holocaust Dialogue: Gottfried Wagner and Abraham Peck with a Response by Dan Bar-On 417
Dialogue Questions 417
Wagner Responds 419
The Child Within 423
The Gottfried Wagner-Abraham Peck Dialogue as a Microcosm of the German-Jewish Quest for Dialogue 428
Ch. 29 An Encounter Between Children of Survivors and Children of Perpetrators of the Holocaust 431
Ch. 30 The Dilemma of Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Simon Wiesenthal's The Sunflower: A Jewish Perspective 441
List of Contributors 451
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