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Nowa książka dr Barbary Krawcowicz

Nowa książka dr Barbary Krawcowicz

History, Metahistory, and Evil: Jewish Theological Responses to the Holocaust


Much post-Holocaust Jewish thought published in North America has assumed that the Holocaust shattered traditional religious categories that had been used by Jews to account for historical catastrophes. But most traditional Jewish thinkers during the war saw no such overwhelming of tradition in the death and suffering delivered to Jews by Nazis. Through a comparative reading of postwar North American and wartime Orthodox Jewish texts about the Holocaust, Barbara Krawcowicz shows that these sources differ in the paradigms—modern and historicist for North American thinkers, traditional and covenantal for Orthodox thinkers—in which they emplot historical events.


Barbara Krawcowicz manages to bring a fresh and creative approach to the crowded field of Holocaust theology. She pairs orthodox thinkers who directly experienced radical evil with post-Holocaust theologians in striking ways that provoke us to rethink writings we thought we understood in an entirely different light. This deeply probing book measures up to the profound challenges posed by its theologically and philosophically devastating subject.
— Prof. James A. Diamond, Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Waterloo, author of Jewish Theology Unbound