Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Jews and Christians
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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I particularly welcome his call for a re - examination of the nature of evil . As a
religious social ethicist I have long been interested in the issues Professor
Friedländer has discussed in light of the Holocaust . I have addressed a number
of them ...
And , given our history , the idea that we must preserve all the characteristics that
are natural to us is not obvious without argument . Some deep changes in human
nature may only be possible if we do accept positive genetic engineering .
But I think that's a trivial observation , because it presupposes a natural difference
between the two groups , the oppressors and the victims . ... It wasn't our fault , it
was just human nature ” — which is certainly a perverse use of genetics .
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