A Holocaust Reader: Responses to the Nazi Extermination

Paperback | August 1, 2000

EditorMichael L. Morgan

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The most comprehensive and representative collection of its kind, A Holocaust Reader: Responses to the Nazi Extermination features writings by theologians, literary figures, cultural critics, philosophers, political theorists, and others. It surveys the major themes raised by the Holocaust andexamines the most provocative and influential responses to these topics and to the Holocaust itself. Organized in a roughly chronological pattern, the volume opens with early responses from the postwar period. Subsequent sections cover the emergence of central theological statements in the late1960s and 1970s, the development of post-Holocaust thinking in the 1970s and 1980s, and burgeoning reflections on the significance of the death camps. Connections between the Holocaust and important events and episodes in Western culture in the 1980s and 1990s are also discussed. A Holocaust Reader: Responses to the Nazi Extermination offers selections from Theodor W. Adorno, Jean Amery, Hannah Arendt, Omer Bartov, Eliezer Berkovits, Michael Andre Bernstein, Martin Buber, Arthur A. Cohen, A. Roy Eckardt, Emil L. Fackenheim, Saul Friedlander, Amos Funkenstein, IrvingGreenberg, Andreas Huyssen, Hans Jonas, Berel Lang, Primo Levi, Johann Baptist Metz, Richard Rubenstein, Kenneth Seeskin, Franklin Sherman, David Tracy, Elie Wiesel, Robert E. Willis, and Michael Wyschogrod. Ideal for courses in the Holocaust, Jewish studies, and the philosophy of religion, thisextensive collection will also be of interest to general readers and scholars.

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The most comprehensive and representative collection of its kind, A Holocaust Reader: Responses to the Nazi Extermination features writings by theologians, literary figures, cultural critics, philosophers, political theorists, and others. It surveys the major themes raised by the Holocaust andexamines the most provocative and influenti...

Michael L. Morgan is at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. EARLY REFLECTIONSPrimo Levi: Survival in AuschwitzJean Amery: On the Necessity and Impossibility of Being a JewTheodor W. Adorno: Meditations on MetaphysicsHannah Arendt: The Concentration CampsMartin Buber: The Dialogue between Heaven and EarthElie Wiesel: A Plea for the Dead2. CENTRAL THEOLOGICAL RESPONSESRichard Rubenstein: The Making of a RabbiRichard Rubenstein: Symposium on Jewish BeliefEliezer Berkovits: Faith after the HolocaustIrving Greenberg: Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity after the HolocaustEmil L. Fackenheim: Jewish Faith and the Holocaust: A FragmentEmil L. Fackenheim: HolocaustEmil L. Fackenheim: The Holocaust and the State of Israel: Their RelationA. Roy Eckardt: Christians and Jews: Along a Theological Frontier3. DEVELOPMENTS: THE 1970s AND 1980sMichael Wyschogrod: Faith and the HolocaustAmos Funkenstein: Theological Interpretations of the Holocaust: A BalanceArthur A. Cohen: Thinking the Tremendum: Some Theological Implications of the Death CampsFranklin Sherman: Speaking of God after AuschwitzRobert E. Willis: Auschwitz and the Nuturing of ConscienceDavid Tracy: Religious Values after the Holocaust: A Catholic ViewJohann Baptist Metz: Christians and Jews after Auschwitz: Being a Meditation Also on the End of Bourgeois ReligionEmil L. Fackenheim: The Holocaust and PhilosophyHans Jonas: The Concept of God after Auschwitz: A Jewish Voice4. THE HOLOCAUST AND WESTERN CULTURE: THE 1980s AND 1990sSaul Friedlander: The Shoah in Present Historical ConsciousnessOmer Bartov: Intellectuals on Auschwitz: Memory, History, and TruthKenneth Seeskin: What Philosophy Can and Cannot Say about EvilKenneth Seeskin: Coming to Terms with Failure: A Philosophical DilemmaMichael Andre Bernstein: Narrating the ShoahBerel Lang: The Representation of Evil: Ethical Content as Literary FormAndreas Huyssen: Monuments and Holocaust Memory in a Media AgeBibliographyIndex

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"An excellent collection for courses undertaking philosophical and religious examinations of the Holocaust."--Wayne Bowen, Ouachita Baptist University