2013 Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture“Jewish-Christian Dialogue in the Postwar Era: The American Distinction”
Dr. Susannah Heschel
Monday, June 10, 7–8:30 p.m.
Dr. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.
In her lecture, Dr. Heschel will examine the efforts of Jewish and Christian historians and theologians to create a dialogue between the faiths in the second half of the 20th century. She will contrast the situation in Europe, where Christian theologians led the religious dialogue, with that of the United States, where their Jewish counterparts championed a new affirmation of the faith of the other. As the Holocaust loomed as an insistent break in past polemics, their pioneering efforts led to an emerging recognition that interfaith may be as important as faith itself.
Dr. Heschel is a specialist on the subject of Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of antisemitism. She is the author of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (2010) and Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (1998), which won the National Jewish Book Award, as well as the editor of Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen, 1999). She has served as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Academic Committee (1999–2008) and is a current member of its Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.
A reception follows the lecture. RSVP here.
The Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture honors Holocaust survivors and their fates, experiences, and accomplishments. Monna Steinbach Weinmann (1906–1991), born in Poland and raised in Austria, fled to England in autumn 1938. Otto Weinmann (1903–1993), born in Vienna and raised in Czechoslovakia, served in the Czechoslovak, French, and British armies; was wounded at Normandy; and received the Croix de Guerre for his valiant contributions during the war. Monna Steinbach and Otto Weinmann married in London in 1941 and emigrated to the United States in 1948.
This annual lecture has been made possible by Janice Weinman Shorenstein.