Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of After Auschwitz, the University of Bridgeport will honor its author, President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor of Religion Richard L. Rubenstein September 7, starting with a 5:30 p.m. reception in the Arnold Berhard Arts & Humanities Center/duPont Tower Room, 84 Iranistan Avenue. Hailed as a major figure in contemporary religious and social thought, he is renowned for his contribution to Holocaust and genocide studies. Dr. Rubenstein is credited with the creation of Holocaust theology with this book’s first edition in 1966. The event is free and open to the public.
The City Bridgeport will present a citation from Mayor Joe Ganim honoring Dr. Rubenstein on the historic anniversary of After Auschwitz.
The genesis of the book “all began with a walk in Düsseldorf,” reminisced Dr. Rubenstein. “The notion that theologians lead uninteresting lives couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The evening features a conversation with Dr. Rubenstein, hosted by UB Provost Dr. Stephen Healey and scholar Dr. Judy Greenberg. “We are honored to host this commemoration of After Auschwitz, a pioneer text in Holocaust studies,” said UB President Neil Salonen.
Holocaust theology seeks a realistic basis for religious belief after the idea of God as the protector of the Jewish people lost credibility with the extermination of six million Jews of the 11- million people murdered during World War II.
“Dr. Rubenstein’s many books and articles have had a major impact on religious and social thought,” said Dean Thomas Ward of the College of Public and International Affairs (CPIA), which is hosting the event.
“I thought no one would even read the book,” said Dr. Rubenstein. “I’m deeply moved my book still has an audience and the university that is most important to me is going to commemorate its 50th anniversary.” After Auschwitz has already had two celebrations in honor of its anniversary, at Florida State University and Congregation Beth El in Fairfield, CT.
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