Quo Vadis, Humanity?
We have witnessed a remarkable upsurge of Holocaust research and educational programmes since the initial Remembering for the Future Conference here in Oxford in 1988. But the concern that I have is that, despite all the important research, there remains a real question whether the Holocaust will yet leave a permanent and decisive impact on how we conceive humanity’s role in the future. We now know so much more about the details of the Holocaust than we did when we met in 1988. But has all that knowledge helped us to better understand our role as human agents responsible for the survival of humanity and the rest of creation? So far I do not believe we have successfully transferred the religious and ethical implications of the Holocaust to society at large.
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