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Repentance for the Holocaust : Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past / C. K. Martin Chung.

Author/Creator:
Chung, C. K. Martin author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2017]
Series:
Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Subjects:
Historiography -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Germany.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Public opinion, German.
Memory -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Public opinion -- Germany.
Repentance -- Judaism.
Local subjects:
Europe. (search)
Jewish Studies. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In Repentance for the Holocaust, C. K. Martin Chung develops the biblical idea of "turning" (tshuvah) into a conceptual framework to analyze a particular area of contemporary German history, commonly referred to as Vergangenheitsbewältigung or "coming to terms with the past." Chung examines a selection of German responses to the Nazi past, their interaction with the victims' responses, such as those from Jewish individuals, and their correspondence with biblical repentance. In demonstrating the victims' influence on German responses, Chung asserts that the phenomenon of Vergangenheitsbewältigung can best be understood in a relational, rather than a national, paradigm.By establishing the conformity between those responses to past atrocities and the idea of "turning," Chung argues that the religious texts from the Old Testament encapsulating this idea (especially the Psalms of Repentance) are viable intellectual resources for dialogues among victims, perpetrators, bystanders, and their descendants in the discussion of guilt and responsibility, justice and reparation, remembrance and reconciliation. It is a great irony that after Nazi Germany sought to eliminate each and every single Jew within its reach, postwar Germans have depended on the Jewish device of repentance as a feasible way out of their unparalleled national catastrophe and unprecedented spiritual ruin.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: The German Problem of Vergangenheitsbewältigung
Part I. The Jewish Device of Repentance: From Individual, Divine-Human to Interhuman, Collective "Turning"
Part II. Mutual-Turning in German Vergangenheitsbewältigung: Responses and Correspondence
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781501712531
OCLC:
987437564
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501712531 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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