Leonard Grob and John K. Roth / The Holocaust and Endangered Democracy Today

Leonard Grob is professor emeritus of philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College.

Together they have published a number of books, including Encountering the Stranger (2012), which focuses on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations; Losing Trust in the World (2017), a protest against torture; and most recently, Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy (Cascade, 2023).

Show Notes


Warnings: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666743968/warnings/


Applebaum, Anne. Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism.

Buber, Martin. I and Thou.

Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz and After. 3 vols.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov.

Grob, Leonard, and John K. Roth. Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy.

———, eds. Anguished Hope: Holocaust Scholars Confront the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.

Hallie, Philip. In the Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm.

Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise than Being, or, Beyond Essence.


(01:39) – Converging on the Holocaust

(11:40) – Dr. Roth’s roundtable 1: Charlotte Delbo, Anne Applebaum, Amanda Gorman

(15:01) – Dr. Roth’s roundtable 2: James Madison, Elie Wiesel, Albert Camus

(17:40) – Dr. Grob’s roundtable: (Plato’s) Socrates, Martin Buber, Charlotte Delbo

(23:29) – The beginnings of a friendship (and a book or two)

(31:45) – The Holocaust and contemporary dangers to American democracy

(35:03) – (Liberal) democracy as a verb, not a noun

(41:23) – Democracy and virtue

(49:44) – Democracy and division

(58:10) – Learning from the Holocaust era

(01:08:27) – MAGA and the 2024 election

(01:13:17) – The hurricane as political metaphor


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