The failure to perceive the exceptionality of the Shoah
is not surprising.
Irving Greenberg holds that in view of what the Shoah
presents, the murder of innocent millions and the seeming nonintervention of God, the role of Israel's biblical covenant and the nature of Israel's election must be revised, reevaluated, and renegotiated.
Aa Burg does not want to discard discussion of the shoah
but to change its significance as an event within the long web of Jewish history.
He shows clearly that Israeli thinking about the Shoah
has varied considerably over time.
For Eisenman, the Shoah
is not just a historical occurrence but also an epistemological shift: "After the Holocaust, one cannot use [architectural] language to articulate it," he claims, in reference to Adorno's famous statement that writing poetry after Auschwitz is "barbaric.
After the shoah
, Jews realized that "God helps those who help themselves" and we, Jews, had better look to our continued existence as a people.
The Survivors of the Shoah
Visual History Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Steven Spielberg, has videotaped over 50,000 interviews with survivors of the Holocaust, and using state-of-the-art digital technology, is making this incredibly important historical content available on-demand to museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations worldwide.
I read how we continue a long tradition of treating Jews as substandard human beings by siding with the Palestinians in the Middle East struggles, forgetting at our peril the Shoah
Jews were forbidden to live in Jerusalem, and Tiberias became the most important Jewish center; the fifteenth century was marked by the expulsion of Jews from a number of European countries; the Zionist movement in the nineteenth century generated more dissension inside modern Jewry than existed between Jews and non-Jews; half of the six million killed in the Shoah
lived in Poland; Israel doubled its population in the four years after 1948.
14 Ambassadors for Humanity dinner, a benefit for the Survivors of the Shoah
Visual History Foundation.
DAVID WEISS HALIVNI'S "PRAYER IN THE SHOAH
" (JUDAISM 50 (2001): 268-291) is a powerful address to the Shoah
in Orthodox Jewish terms--by implication, in religious terms as such.
Their very refusal to depict the Shoah
in a documentary style becomes for Baigell the most authentic sign of a genuinely felt witness and authentic Holocaust testimonial.