Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Jews and Christians

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Michael Alan Signer
Indiana University Press, 2000 - History - 461 pages
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Five decades after the end of World War II, issues relating to the history and meaning of the Holocaust, far from fading from social consciousness, have, if anything intensified. New generations probe the past and its implications for understanding human behavior. As fresh information about the particularities of the Holocaust comes to light, we know more and more about how these events happened, but the deeper question of "why" remains unanswered. In this compelling volume, Jewish and Christian thinkers from Israel, Germany, and Eastern Europe, as well as the United States and Canada, among them scholars from the fields of history, theology, ethics, genetics, the arts, and literature, confront the legacy of the Holocaust and its continuing impact from the perspectives of their disciplines. The issue of religion is central, as the Vatican's 1998 statement We Remember: Reflections on the Shoah prompts Jewish and Christian contributors to address issues of responsibility, evil, and justice within their concrete historical and social settings. The essays in this important interfaith, international, and interdisciplinary volume will leave readers pondering the unavoidable question: what, in view of the crimes of the Holocaust, is the nature of human nature?

 

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Contents

Memory and History
1
Divine and Human Responsibility in the Light of the Holocaust
15
Constructing Alternative History
27
The Strange and the Familiar
36
The Arts of CounterMemory
44
Four German Theologians
63
The Revival of the Jewish People within the Christian
79
An Alternative for Christian Substitution Theology
85
The Significance of Nazi Eugenics for Medical Ethics Today
250
Challenging History Reflections on the Holocaust
259
Jews and NonJews in Austria
280
Who Is Jewish? The Newest Jewish Writing in German
286
What Is Cultural Identity?
304
Poland and the Holocaust
319
Reading the Holocaust
327
After Auschwitz in Germany
343

The Limits of Covenant
107
Martin Buber and Romano Guardini Case Study in Jewish
138
Wounded Word Wounded Interpreter
148
Toward a Jewish Feminist
161
Eugenics and the Social Uses of Science
175
The Limits of Reproductive Rights 114
224
Heredity and Genetics after the Holocaust 141
241
Approaches to PostHolocaust Education
355
The Notre Dame Holocaust Project
373
The Biblical Strain
391
Two Models in the Study of Holocaust Literature
400
A Matter of Faith?
429
Contributors
443
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Holocaust Politics
John K. Roth
Limited preview - 2001

About the author (2000)

Michael Signer is Co-Director of the University of Notre Dame Holocaust Project and Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

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