Legacy of an Impassioned Plea
Franklin H. Littell's The Crucifixion of the Jews
Franklin H. Littell spent nearly 10 years in post-war Germany as Chief Protestant Religious Adviser in the High Command working on deNazification. His encounter with the aftermath of the Nazis' systematic extermination of the Jews and Judaism led him to dedicate his life to researching the Holocaust, the Antisemitism that led to it, and its implications for humanity. Littell is regarded as a one of the chief founders of the field of Holocaust studies, starting with the establishment, with Hubert G. Locke, of the Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches in 1970. In 1976 he created the nation's first Ph.D. degree in Holocaust Studies at Temple University. He served on the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust under presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.
This book gathers insights from three generations of scholars whose work has been influenced by Franklin Littell's The Crucifixion of the Jews. It explores Littell's important work to increase our understanding of Christian thought, modernity, antisemitism, and the challenges facing Christians and Jews in the post-Holocaust world. It addresses questions such as:
- What is the nature of the ongoing relationship between Christianity and Judaism, between Christianity and other faiths, or between Christianity and a secular world?
- How might Christians and Jews work together to respond to the rising antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the world?
- What is humanity's stake in all of this?