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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S. (31 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804207771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804207775
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,481,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Approaches to Auschwitz is brilliant in its pedagogy, authoritative in its understanding, and bold in its impact. It ranks as an original work of scholarship and among the finest--if not the finest--of the texts that professors can choose for their class." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard L. Rubenstein is President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he also serves as Director of the University's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, where he taught from 1966 through 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Bryant VINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2003
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This is an essential book for all students of the Holocaust. The authors include most of the crucial aspects and the hard questions. They do not flinch when the evidence forces them to ask devastating questions. Here's an indication of the contents and a few quotes:
1) Historical roots – the Jew as Outsider in the Greco-Roman and Early Christian worlds
2) The triumph of Christianity and the “teaching of contempt” : Martin Luther
"The crucial question is not why malicious people were so violently anti-Jewish but why some of the greatest thinkers and most pious saints within Christianity adopted that posture."
3) The Nazis in Power : towards total domination (a step by step process)
4) War and the Final Solution - how the Nazis proceeded with their plans
5) Responses to the Holocaust : Christians, Churches and Jews
"Whether through failure to take Christian identity seriously, zealous commitment to a religion identified as Christian but fundamentally antithetical to Jesus' teachings, or some disposition in between, apostasy abounded in Christian civilisation from 1933 to 1945… Many Christians followed Hitler without the slightest feeling that they had betrayed their religious identity." [A whole book ought to be written about this amazing statement.]
6) Business as usual? The use of slave labour by German companies during the Holocaust
7) What can and cannot be said : literary responses to the Holocaust
8) The silence of God : philosophical and religious reflection on the Holocaust [I found this chapter the most compelling of all. Here's one item for reflection: in the 1970s Reeve Brenner polled 1000 Israeli survivors to discover the effect of the Holocaust on their religious thinking.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 1999
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This book is an absolutely essential piece of Holocaust literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive study of the Holocaust by a Jewish and a Christian scholar 9 May 2015
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I am the co-author of this book. It was written in partnership with John K. Roth, professor emeritus at Claremont McKenna. College, a distinguished authority on the subject . I believe it was the first book on the Holocaust published by the publishing house of a major Protestant denomination, Westminster John Knox. I am Jewish and Professor Roth is Protestant. We sought to examine all aspects pf the Holocaust in a scholarly way. Among the issues included were the history of the Holocaust, the theological issues that arose from it, contemporary literature and the Holocaust, the ancient roots of the Holocaustt, religious anti-Semitism, the rise of National Socialism, and much else.The book was intended for use in courses on the Holocaust in colleges and seminaries. We found that it was also being studied by individuals as well as in courses. This is the second edition. After the first edition, an enormous amount of quality research became available in the United States, Europe, and Israel. As a result, a second edition was published incorporating much of the new material. It is, we believe, a comprehensive exploration of the subject.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Professor Rubenstein was my most fascinating and challenging 9 Mar. 2005
By Paul D. Harvill - Published on
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Professor Rubenstein was my most fascinating and challenging professor at FSU during the 1970s. His range of intellectual inquiry makes him a "Renaissance" man. He has written numerous provocative and important books.

And I am re-reading the books thirty plus years later. This book though is more recent. And this is one of the best overview type of books on the Holocaust.
4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A MUST READ 26 May 1999
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This book is an absolutely essential piece of Holocaust literature
0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
frightening and negative 11 July 2013
By Ellen Vanderveen - Published on
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it is frightening to realize that richard l rubenstein was the first ever! rabbinical student to be expelled from the hebrew university in cincinnati because of violence! he also let his own newborn die! because he refused to care for him when the baby's life depended on it...he is unable to care just like the god that he describes as "dead"
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