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Auschwitz, the Contingent Trauma: The work of Johann Baptist Metz
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Metz is not only a French city on the Moselle River, but also the name of a German theologian who gained worldwide fame: Johann Baptist Metz. His name is associated with powerful key expressions such as “the new political theology,” “theology after Auschwitz,” “compassion,” “open-eyed mysticism,” and memoria passionis.

After his death on December 2, 2019, The New York Times published an obituary that described the German theologian as a “pioneer of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the aftermath of the Holocaust.” During his life, judgments and evaluations of him were diametrically opposed: “Some consider him the ‘shooting star’ of a critical and cosmopolitan theology; others see in him a Marxist agitator, an enemy of the Church.”

Viennese theologian Johann Reikerstorfer, in the period between 2015 and 2018, edited and published a collection of Metz’s writings, a nine-volume edition, aimed at preserving his work over time. This makes it possible to trace his long academic journey.
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