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A groundbreaking book in which Richard Rubenstein, a Conservative rabbi and professor of religious studies, attempts to deal with the problem of theodicy in light of the Holocaust.

His answer is to abandon the idea of a personal God who intervenes in human history. It is a bleak view (and one that I don't hold), but I respect his intellectual honesty.

Nach Auschwitz

Keine Gedichte mehr?

Etwa der apologetische
(das Weißbuch - o Sprache,
mißbrauchte Sanftheit
des Schnees!),
der langatmig verlogne
Roman oder die

Wie ein Massengrab
spart ein Gedicht
Raum und Zeit.

Vor Auschwitz,
seit Auschwitz
regnete es Diktaturen,
und Flüsse und Städte
führen Blut.

Seit Auschwitz
ist die Geschichte
nicht totzukriegen.
Arbeit macht
immer noch frei,
und abends höt
immer noch Bach
oder Mozart,
wer tagsüber tötet.

Seit Auschwitz
- Hut ab vor diesem
Jahrhundert -
ist nichts mehr

Auch Gedichte nicht.


After Auschwitz

No more poems?

Like the apologetical
government report
(the white book - o, language,
misused softness
of snow!),
the slow-breathing
hypocrtical novel
or newspaper?

Like a mass grave
a poem saves
space and time.

Before Auschwitz,
since Auschwitz
it's rained dictators;
rivers and cities
flow with blood.

Since Auschwitz
history is
not to be killed.
Work still makes
one free,
and in the evening,
they still listen
to Bach and Mozart,
they who by day

Since Auschwitz
- hat's off to the
century -
there's nothing left
that's impossible.

Not even poems.

--Richard Exner

This was a poem in response to Theodor Adorno's thesis : "after Auschwitz, to write a poem is barbaric."

Note: translation is my own

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