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Lengthy Night's trip into Day is a arguable and stimulating try to take care of the impression of the Holocaust in the framework of modern day Christian and Jewish proposal. during this enlarged and revised variation, authors Alice and Roy Eckardt probe the ethical, theological, historic, and political concerns raised for Christians and Jews by means of the development. additionally, they keep in mind modern subject matters corresponding to the importance and aftermath of Bitburg and the outstanding assertion of the Rhineland Synod of the German Evangelical Church

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But this is done without the necessary recognition of the disparity between this particular suffering, resulting from a war initiated by their own government, and the suffering of the millions ruthlessly murdered by the SS Einsatzgruppen and death camps, neither of which was required by the war. Still another historian's approach is to concentrate on the "everyday history" of the National Socialist period. This makes it possible to present a totally depoliticized picture of the National Socialist decades.

One line is to argue that Hitler's annihilation measures were only reactions to the "Asian peril" that Stalin initiated with his social extermination policies against kulaks, his party purges, and his Gulag system. " Another line treats the National Socialist past as a normal or at least "quasi-normal" period of recent history that can, after all, be absorbed into an acceptable German nationalist perspective. " Or, in another tactic, the concept of tragedy is focused on the cruelties experienced by Germans in the eastern provinces during and as a result of the war, including their eviction.

Our own persuasion is that contemporary German policy offers no special evidence to support affirmative answers to the questions just raised. "28 Where are the data to show, over subsequent years, that the Federal Republic of Germany has met or even approximated the test implied in Cardinal Dopfner's words? In what ways is Germany specially dedicated to the well-being and survival of the State of Israel? Amidst continuing threats to the life of Israel, Germany's behavior has hardly manifested the distinctiveness that appears incumbent upon it because of its Holocaust past.

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