Narrowly defined, “post-Holocaust theology” refers to the theological body of literature (much of it written in the three decades immediately following the Holocaust) that used this historical event as a point of departure to re-examine the Jewish-Christian relationship as well as theological and ethical issues, such as complicity, antisemitism, theodicy and forgiveness, that posed particular challenges in the Holocaust’s wake. In the ensuing years, the very nature of the Holocaust as a historical and international event has necessarily broadened the scope of theological reflection, and new historiography on the role of the churches and other religious groups continues to raise troubling questions.
The participants in this roundtable conversation are theologians and professors who have been engaged in these issues for many years, often in interreligious contexts. This conversation was recorded on March 29, 2014. The participants have been allowed to edit and expand on their remarks.