More than fifty years after it ended, the Holocaust continues to leave survivors and their descendants, as well as historians, philosophers, and theologians, searching for words to convey the enormity of that event. Efforts to express its realities and its impact on successive generations often stretch language to the breaking pointor to the point of silence. Words whose meaning was contested before the Holocaust prove even more fragile in its wake.
David Patterson and John K. Roth identify three such "after-words": forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice. These words, though forever altered by the Holocaust, are still spoken and heard. But how should the concepts they represent be understood? How can their integrity be restored within the framework of current philosophical and, especially, religious traditions? Writing in a format that creates the feel of dialogue, the nine contributors to After-Words tackle these and other difficult questions about the nature of memory and forgiveness after the Holocaust to encourage others to participate in similar inter- and intrafaith inquiries.
The contributors to After-Words are members of the Pastora Goldner Holocaust Symposium. Led since its founding in 1996 by Leonard Grob and Henry Knight, the symposium’s Holocaust and genocide scholarsa group that is interfaith, international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerationalmeet biennially in Oxfordshire, England.
About the Author
David Patterson is Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies, University of Memphis. John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College. They are both editors of and contributors to After-Words. The other contributors are Rachel N. Baum, Britta Frede-Wenger, Leonard Grob, Peter J. Haas, Henry F. Knight, Juergen Manemann, and Didier Pollefeyt.
Table of Contents
Prologue: "Did you say: after? Meaning what?"David Patterson and John K. Roth
Part One: Forgiveness1/ Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Jewish Memory after AuschwitzPeter J. HaasIn Response:Rachel N. BaumLeonard GrobPeter J. Haas2/ The Face of Forgiveness in a Post-Holocaust WorldHenry F. KnightIn Response:Britta Frede-WengerDavid PattersonHenry F. Knight3/ Forgiveness after the HolocaustDidier PollefeytIn Response:Peter J. HaasJuergen ManemannDidier Pollefeyt
Part Two: Reconciliation4/ Useless Experience: Its Significance for Reconciliation after AuschwitzJohn K. RothIn Response:Rachel N. BaumDidier PollefeytJohn K. Roth5/ Anthropological Remarks on Reconciliation after AuschwitzBritta Frede-WengerIn Response: Juergen ManemannDidier PollefeytBritta Frede-Wenger6/ Struggles for Recognition in an Era of Globalization: The Necessity of a Theology of Reconciliation from a Political-Theological Perspective after AuschwitzJuergen ManemannIn Response:Peter J. HaasDavid PattersonJuergen Manemann
Part Three: Justice7/ G-d, World, Humanity: Jewish Reflections on Justice after AuschwitzDavid PattersonIn Response:Britta Frede-WengerJohn K. RothDavid Patterson8/ The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Just Reconciliation in the Shadows of the HolocaustLeonard GrobIn Response:Henry F. KnightJohn K. RothLeonard Grob9/ The Post-Holocaust Jewish HeartRachel N. BaumIn Response:Leonard GrobHenry F. KnightRachel N. Baum
Postscript: An After That is Yet to BeDavid Patterson and John K. Roth
BibliographyAbout the Editors and ContributorsIndex