By Michael L. Morgan
To today Jewish thinkers fight to articulate the perfect reaction to the extraordinary disaster of the Holocaust. right here, Morgan bargains the 1st entire review of Post-Holocaust Jewish theology, quoting broadly from and examining the entire major American writings of the circulate. Morgan's lucid research clarifies the historical past of the circulation within the postwar interval, its origins, its personality, and its legacy for next pondering, theological and differently. eventually, Morgan's fundamental objective is to inform the tale of the circulate, to light up its genuine, deep element, and to illustrate its carrying on with relevance at the present time.
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30 The erosion of trust, of faith, began here. Wiesel returns to the present and adds a moving reﬂection on these ﬁrst moments in the camp and their effect on him: “Never shall I forget that night, the ﬁrst night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those ﬂames which consumed my faith forever.
B]efore what we now know the mind stops; the great psychological fact of our time which we all observe with bafﬂed wonder and shame is that there is no possible way of responding to Belsen and Buchenwald. 13 Here, Trilling declared, is a depravity that resists representation and explanation, in fact that deﬁes any intellectual response. Here are realities that outstrip all our literary models. ”14 For Trilling, no imaginative or intellectual response is appropriate, presumably because none seems possible.
Total silence throughout the camp. On the horizon, the sun was setting . . Then the march past began. The two adults were no longer alive. . But the third rope was still moving: being so light, the child was still alive. . ” And I heard a voice within me answer him. “Where is He? Here He is. He is hanging here on the gallows. . 24 Wiesel does not engage in theological reﬂection. He records the event, the response of the spectators asking about divine protection and divine presence, and his own complex answer.
Beyond Auschwitz: Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought in America by Michael L. Morgan