This annual seminar provides professors of philosophy, theology, ethics, and religious studies an overview of the history of the churches during the Holocaust, both inside and outside Nazi Germany, and the ways in which religious leaders of all faiths have addressed the Holocaust since 1945. Focusing on a particular theme or historical aspect in alternate years, each seminar includes special presentations by experts in the field; a review of curricular resources, new research, and publications; and an introduction to the Museum’s resources for scholars.
The 2013 seminar will take place June 10-14 and will be taught by John Connelly, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. Titled The Overlooked Revolution: The Shift in Catholic Teaching on the Jews since Vatican II, the seminar will explore the changes in Catholic teachings about Jews and Judaism after the 1965 promulgation of Nostra Aetate (“In Our Age”) at Vatican II.
For more information on the 2013 seminar, please visit the announcement page.
This seminar will explore the historical and theological dynamics of the complicity of churches during the Holocaust.
This seminar explored the “shadow side” of Christian teaching and preaching about the Passion story that assigns blame to Jews and constitutes the core of a polemic against Judaism.
This seminar provided an overview of the history of Catholic and Protestant responses to Nazism and the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the role of rescuers and bystanders.
Using the history of the Catholic and Protestant responses to Nazism and the Holocaust as a starting point, this seminar traced the emergence of post-Holocaust Christian thought and analyzed the legacy of this history.
This seminar provided a general overview of the history of the Christian churches during the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the “tough questions” that often arise in teaching this history: the issue of antisemitism; the relevance of rescue and resistance; the complexity of figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer; contemporary interfaith challenges; and comparisons with other genocides.
This seminar featured lectures and discussions on the Catholic and Protestant churches' responses to Nazism and the Holocaust—both inside and outside Germany—and the ways in which religious leaders have addressed this history since 1945.
This seminar explored the behavior of Christian clergy and theologians in Nazi Germany, including their complicity and its broader legacy for postwar Christian theological discourse on guilt and forgiveness.
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