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François Guesnet, Antony Polonsky, Ada Rapoport-Albert, and Marcin Wodzinski

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764753

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764753.001.0001

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The Afterlife of Religion

The Afterlife of Religion

Memoirs of the Holocaust and the Haredi Spiritualization of Modernity

(p.401) The Afterlife of Religion
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 33

Naftali Loewenthal

, François Guesnet, Antony Polonsky, Ada Rapoport-Albert, Marcin Wodziński
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines a form of the afterlife of the religious dimension of some of the Jews that went through the Holocaust and either survived or were remembered by survivors. It focuses on the literary genre of the Orthodox Holocaust memoir in English and its significance for members of the contemporary haredi community. It also introduces a different kind of process that transports certain aspects of the Holocaust experience from the past into the present. The chapter talks about how the afterlife has the power to engender life, and it emphasizes that the Orthodox Holocaust memoir validates Orthodox values among contemporary haredi Jewry that thirst for spiritual encounters. It explains how the Orthodox Holocaust memoir provides access to the spiritual ideals and values of Judaism in its idealized depictions of the ’lost Eden.’

Keywords:   afterlife, Holocaust, haredi community, Orthodox Holocaust memoir, Orthodox values, Judaism

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