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Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy Paperback – 31 Dec 1999
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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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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. 700+ replied; 69% believed in God before the Holocaust; 47% stated the Holocaust had no effect on their faith. Of the 53% whose faith was changed, three quarters lost their faith and for the remainder their faith was strengthened. The believers were asked if the existence of Israel was worth the Holocaust, and all said “no”.
9) The aftermath : the legacy of the Holocaust. How about this horrendous detail - in 1946, Poles murdered 70 survivors of the Holocaust in Kielce on the basis of the false rumour that the Jews had kidnapped a Christian boy and killed him in a ritual murder. Bishop Wyszynski of Lublin refused to intervene and said he was not convinced the Jews didn’t commit the ritual murder! This Bishop then went on to become a cardinal and primate of Poland.
So, after you have the basic facts of the Holocaust from (for example) Yehuda Bauer, this is the book to read next.
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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.,including the theological consequences of the Holocaust.
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