The Faith and Doubt of Holocaust Survivors

The Faith and Doubt of Holocaust Survivors

by Reeve Robert Brenner

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Overview

The Faith and Doubt of Holocaust Survivors reveals the victims' frank and thought-provoking answers to searching questions about their experiences: Was the Holocaust God's will? Was there any meaning or purpose in the Holocaust? Was Israel worth the price six million had to pay? Did the experience in the death camps bring about an avowal of faith? A denial of God? A reaffirmation of religious belief? Did the Holocaust change beliefs about the coming of the Messiah, the Torah, the Jews as the chosen people, and the nature of God?

Drawing on the responses of seven hundred survivors, Reeve Robert Brenner reveals the changes, rejections, reaffirmations, doubts, and despairs that have so profoundly affected the faith, practices, ideas, and attitudes of survivors, and, by extension, the entire Jewish people.

Many survivors carried their deepest secrets and innermost beliefs silently, from internment to interment. But Brenner's quest provided the impetus for many survivors to end their silence about the past and come forth with their feelings. In poignant vignettes scattered throughout the book, their answers to these profound questions are offered, disclosing ardent, overpowering passions and sensibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412852975
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2014
Series: Jewish Studies Series
Pages: 311
Sales rank: 900,802
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Reeve Robert Brenner is the tenured rabbi of Congregation Bet Chesed in Bethesda, MD, and has taught in universities, including St. Vincent’s College, where he was its first rabbi. Brenner’s American Jewry and the Rise of Nazism received a YIVO Jewish Scholarship Prize.

Reeve Robert Brenner is the tenured rabbi of Congregation Bet Chesed in Bethesda, MD, and has taught in universities, including St. Vincent’s College, where he was its first rabbi. Brenner’s American Jewry and the Rise of Nazism received a YIVO Jewish Scholarship Prize.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition ix

Preface xxxiii

Acknowledgments xxxvii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Religious Behavior of Holocaust Survivors 25

3 The Faith of Holocaust Survivors 85

4 The Meaning of the Holocaust 126

5 Seven Theological Questions 203

Epilogue 248

An Afterword 257

Notes 260

Selected Bibliography 264

Index 267

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