The Challenge of the Holocaust

in International Journal of Public Theology
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Abstract

Throughout their history, the Jewish people have endured persecution, massacre and murder. They have been driven from their ancient homeland, buffeted from country to country and plagued by persecutions and pogroms. Jews have been despised and led as lambs to the slaughter. In modern times the Holocaust continued this saga of Jewish suffering, destroying six million innocent victims in the most terrible circumstances. This tragedy has posed the most searing questions for contemporary Jewry: where was God at Auschwitz, and where was humankind? This article seeks to respond to these two deeply troubling questions in the light of contemporary Jewish Holocaust theology.

The Challenge of the Holocaust

in International Journal of Public Theology

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4)

Kurt Gerstein Statement of 6 May 1945Tubingen: International Military Tribunal Nuremberg Nuremberg Document PS-2170.

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Rabbi Bernard MazaWith Fury Poured Out: A Torah Perspective on the Holocaust (New York: Ktav Publishing House1986).

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Rabbi Ignaz MaybaumThe Face of God After Auschwitz (Amsterdam: Polak & Van Gennep1965).

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Rabbi Eliezer BerkovitsFaith After the Holocaust (New York: Ktav Publishing House1973).

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Arthur A. CohenTremendum: A Theological Interpretation of the Holocaust (New York: Crossroad Publishing Co.1981).

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Adolf HitlerMein Kampf (Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Harcourt1998) ch. 11 ‘Nation and Race’.

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Ibid. pp. 40–47.

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Robert Jay LiftonThe Nazi Doctors (New York: Basic Books1986) p. 157.

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Ibid. p. 205.

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Ibid. p. 375.

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Ibid. p. 482.

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Ibid. pp. 158–9.

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Marc EllisUnholy Alliance (London: SCM Press1997) p. 192.

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