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Repentance for the Holocaust

Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past

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Repentance for the Holocaust by C. K. Martin Chung
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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 Vergangenheitsbewaltigung 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 Vergangenheitsbewaltigung 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.

Author Biography

C. K. Martin Chung is Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Release date NZ
June 20th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library
Interest Age
From 18 years
Pages
376
Dimensions
152x229x21
ISBN-13
9781501707629
Product ID
26639773

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