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The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Religion and Gender)

 
 
 
 
The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Religion and Gender)
Author: Melissa Raphael
ISBN 13: 9780415236652
ISBN 10: 415236657
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-05-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $51.95
 
 

The Female Face of God in Auschwitz, the first full-length feminist theology of the Holocaust, argues that the masculinist bias of post-Holocaust theology becomes fully apparent only when considered in the light of both women's perceptions of God and of their holocaustal experiencesand priorities. Building upon published testimonies of four women imprisoned at Auschwitz-BirkenauOlga Lengyel, Lucie Adelsberger, Bertha Ferderber-Salz, and Sara Nomberg-Przytykit considers women's distinct experiences of the holy in relation to God's perceived presence and absence in the camps. Engaging with Berkovits, Fackenheim, Levinas and other post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers, The Female Face of God in Auschwitz is a radical and subtle meditation upon God's role and meaning. Questioning the true nature of the Jewish God present in Auschwitz, and arguing for God's participation in its extremities of suffering and grace, it powerfully resists defamatory interpretations of the Holocaust as evidence of divine vengeance,indifference or neglect.