Holocaust Education and the Church-Related College: Restoring Ruptured Traditions

Holocaust Education and the Church-Related College: Restoring Ruptured Traditions

Holocaust Education and the Church-Related College: Restoring Ruptured Traditions

Holocaust Education and the Church-Related College: Restoring Ruptured Traditions

Synopsis

American church-related liberal arts colleges are dedicated to two traditions: Christian thought and liberal learning. According to Haynes, the moral continuity of these traditions was severed by the Holocaust. Because so many representations of these traditions contributed to the Nazis' ideological and physical efforts to annihilate millions of men, women, and children, it is unclear whether these traditions can any longer be said to facilitate human flourishing. Haynes presents a convincing argument that the post-Holocaust church-related college can participate in the restoration of these ruptured traditions through a commitment to Holocaust Education. This book provides valuable information for teachers who already offer a Holocaust course or for those who are considering doing so. In addition, the author presents an accurate picture of Holocaust Education at church-related colleges through an analysis of his nationwide survey. This book will be an important resource for scholars, teachers, and administrators.

Excerpt

The Holocaust did not end when the Allies liberated the Jewish survivors from Nazi Germany's killing centers and concentration camps in 1945. The consequences of that catastrophic event still shadow the world's moral, political, and religious life.

The "Christianity and the Holocaust -- Core Issues" series explores Christian complicity, indifference, resistance, rescue, and other responses to the Holocaust. Concentrating on core issues such as the Christian roots of antisemitism, the roles played by Christian individuals and groups during the Holocaust, and the institutional reactions of Christians after Auschwitz, the series has an historical focus but addresses current concerns as well.

While many of the series' authors are well-known, established Holocaust scholars, the series also features young writers who will become leaders in the next generation of Holocaust scholarship. As all of the authors study the Holocaust's history, they also assess the Holocaust's impact on Christianity and its implications for the future of the Christian tradition.

In Holocaust Education and the Church-Related College, Stephen R. Haynes, a promising young scholar at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, argues that by definition, church-related liberal arts colleges privilege two traditions -Christian confession and liberal learning. Since both traditions suffered moral rupture in the Holocaust, these colleges have a dual obligation to struggle with the Holocaust's meaning. By claiming they are "ruptured," he is arguing "not that these traditions have or should come to an end, but that their moral and spiritual continuity was severed by the actions of men and women who were the products and representatives of these traditions." And, as Haynes cogently comments, because so many of them "contributed to the ideological and physical efforts of a modern state to exclude and annihilate millions of men, women . . .

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