By Michael Berenbaum
The tale of yank Jewry is inextricably entwined with the extraordinary defeat of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the nation of Israel. in spite of the fact that, for Michael Berenbaum, and others of his iteration, whose grownup awareness integrated the conflict in Lebanon and the Palestinian Uprisings, the story is extra anguished, for the Jewish everyone is now divided, doubtful in regards to the implications of the earlier and the path in their destiny. Berenbaum explores the Jewish identification of this iteration, the 1st to mature after tragedy and triumph. He probes the Holocaust's impression on Jewish recognition and the imprint of yank tradition on Jewish id. tough Zionism's traditional assumptions, he info American Jews' altering courting to Israel as he examines the tensions created inside of Jewish culture among a historical past of victimization and the empowerment of Jews. whereas demonstrating that the safety of victory is one step from the soreness of sufferers, even if the victors have lately emerged from the hearth, Berenbaum holds out the wish of liberation for Judaism, retaining that 5 thousand years of background, with its bankruptcy of Holocaust and empowerment, supply a distinct starting place upon which to construct a destiny. Michael Berenbaum is Hymen Goldman Professor of Theology at Georgetown college and undertaking Director of the USA Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. he's the writer or editor of numerous books, together with The imaginative and prescient of the Void: Theological Reflections at the Works of Elie Wiesel and The Holocaust: non secular and Political Implications (with John Roth).
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Wiesenthal's inclusion of non-Jewish victims enhances his basic post-Holocaust commitment, the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. When apathetic governments are reminded that their nonJewish citizens were also killed, a greater measure of cooperation can be enlisted. By more broadly defining the Holocaust, Wiesenthal can intensify the political pressure he exerts. "1 Wiesenthal's statements regarding Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past similarly indicate the limits of his situation as an Austrian Jew. UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY 19 Wiesenthal feared the resurgence of Austrian antisemitism and was reluctant to press the Waldheim matter.
But only a part of memory involves the past. The past image is projected on a screen of the present with which it interacts, and this new image in turn sheds light on the future. In addressing the authenticity of memory, we must examine both its source and its projection. History reconstitutes itself in memory. Although American and Israeli Jews remember the same event as basic to their identity, and even though the memory of that event cements the link between them, the present reality and national sagas of these two communities are so different that what is gleaned from the past for the future may increasingly diverge.
23 One cannot fail to be touched by the power of Des Pres's words and awesome experience he describes. Yet, as Lawrence Langer 16 I. THE HOLOCAUST IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA has argued, "from the perspective of the victims, who far outnumber the survivors, the disorder of meaningless death contradicts the ordering impulses of time. "24 As an event, the Holocaust cannot be reduced to order, to a system for survival, or even to a sense of overriding meaning. The Holocaust defies meaning and negates hope.
After Tragedy and Triumph: Essays in Modern Jewish Thought and the American Experience by Michael Berenbaum