By C. Fred Alford
The Holocaust marks a decisive second in glossy agony within which it turns into virtually very unlikely to discover which means or redemption within the adventure. during this research, C. Fred Alford bargains a brand new and considerate exam of the event of pain. relocating from the ebook of activity, an account of significant soreness in a God-drenched international, to the paintings of Primo Levi, who tried to discover which means within the Holocaust via absolute readability of perception, he concludes that neither method works good in modern international. more beneficial are the daily coping practices of a few survivors. Drawing on tales of survivors from the Fortunoff Video files, Alford additionally applies the paintings of Julia Kristeva and the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicot to his exam of an issue that has been and is still principal to human event.
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Extra info for After the Holocaust: The Book of Job, Primo Levi, and the Path to Affliction
The exciting thing about the curtain in a theater. When it goes up, each one of us will create the play that is going to be enacted, and afterwards we may even find that the overlap of what we have created . . provides material for a discussion about the play that was enacted. (1986, 133) Transitional space is first experienced when a child is held by its mother or another caretaker. ” Instead, the child is free to be. Holding begins with the way in which the mother and others handle the baby, but it comes to include all of the ways in which civilization acts to help us find a place in this world.
One has to look very hard, from somewhere deep in the pages of the New Testament, to find an invitation from God to Job to join Him in a duet. Here is how God – truly a God of nature when he speaks from the whirlwind – speaks to the condition of the absurd, as Camus (1955, 28) defines it: man cries out to the world that it acknowledge his existence, and the world is silent. After reading Job, we may say that once the Creator of nature spoke, and that although He did not invite man to join Him in singing nature’s praises, God pointed out the marvels of His handiwork so that we might be ever more deeply spellbound by its sublimity.
Interpreting survivors should not be an end in itself. We should seek to understand survivors better in order to learn from them terrible truths about the world that only they can teach us, truths that unavoidably center on the cruelty of the human heart. The teachings of survivors are a dark teaching, but what else is the Holocaust? Chapter 3 makes only sporadic attempts to connect the suffering of survivors to that of Job. In some ways, the most obvious connection is a disconnection. The experience of transcendence available to Job was Introduction 23 lost in the absurdity of the Holocaust, never to be found again.