Guilt and the Transformation of Christian-Jewish Relations

  • Katharina von Kellenbach
Keywords: Guilt; Repentance; Antisemitism; Anti-Judaism; Supersessionism; Purification of memory; Martin Luther; Germany; Reconciliation; Jewish-Christian relations after the Holocaust


While many church bodies condemned race-based antisemitism, both during and immediately after the Holocaust, the repudiation of theological anti-Judaism (e.g., the deicide charge and supersessionism) and renunciation of anti-Jewish writings by prominent theologians (e.g., Luther) required decades of intense study and negotiation. In Germany, in particular, activists in the Jewish-Christian dialogue understand the destruction of Jewish religious life in Europe as a turning point in Christian teachings on the Jewish future. In Dresden, for instance, the campaign to rebuild the destroyed Frauenkirche was tied to the construction of a new Jewish synagogue as a penitential act of restitution.   

How to Cite
von Kellenbach, K. (2020). Guilt and the Transformation of Christian-Jewish Relations. Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 15(1).
Peer-Reviewed Articles. Special Topic: Antisemitism