Sources of Holocaust Insight

Learning and Teaching about the Genocide

By John K. Roth

Sources of Holocaust Insight

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  • ISBN: 9781532674181
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 1/29/2020
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Sources of Holocaust Insight

Learning and Teaching about the Genocide

By John K. Roth

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  • ISBN: 9781532674181
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 1/29/2020
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00
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About-

Sources of Holocaust Insight maps the odyssey of an American Christian philosopher who has studied, written, and taught about the Holocaust for more than fifty years. What findings result from John Roth’s journey; what moods pervade it? How have events and experiences, scholars and students, texts and testimonies—especially the questions they raise—affected Roth’s Holocaust studies and guided his efforts to heed the biblical proverb: “Whatever else you get, get insight”?

More sources than Roth can acknowledge have informed his encounters with the Holocaust. But particular persons—among them Elie Wiesel, Raul Hilberg, Primo Levi, and Albert Camus—loom especially large. Revisiting Roth’s sources of Holocaust insight, this book does so not only to pay tribute to them but also to show how the ethical, philosophical, and religious reverberations of the Holocaust confer and encourage responsibility for human well-being in the twenty-first century. Seeing differently, seeing better—sound learning and teaching about the Holocaust aim for what may be the most important Holocaust insight of all: Take nothing good for granted.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“This book is an important guide to the masters of Holocaust scholarship, a wonderful place for students to begin their exploration of the Holocaust, for younger scholars to assess what they have learned and how much they still have to learn, and for senior scholars to reflect as Roth has profoundly reflected on those who shaped him. Page by page the book glistens with insight—his own and others.”

—Michael Berenbaum, Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University



Sources of Holocaust Insight is anchored in John K. Roth’s friendship with so many people—Holocaust survivors and scholars, artists and poets, writers and teachers, women and men, Jews and Christians. It is beautifully written, an elegant intellectual memoir of ‘an American Christian philosopher who has studied, written, and taught about the Holocaust for more than fifty years.’”

—Carol Rittner, RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Emerita, Stockton University



“John Roth has long been one of the most prolific and thoughtful of Holocaust scholars and educators. In his powerful and moving new book, Sources of Holocaust Insight, Roth takes readers on a journey in which he reflects on the ideas, questions, and writers that influenced his own personal development as a teacher and philosopher. In tracing his own intellectual growth, he also provides readers with a rich and insightful discussion of the history and breadth of Holocaust scholarship and a potent reminder and affirmation of the importance and relevance of Holocaust education and scholarship for the contemporary world. I highly recommend this book.”

—Alex Alvarez, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University

Contributors-

John K. Roth

Bio(s)-

John K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights) at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (coeditor, 2010) and The Failures of Ethics (2015).

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