Dr. Katharina von Kellenbach, professor of religious studies and former chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, will give the 2016–2017 Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. Titled “The Mark of Cain: Guilt as Burden and as Grace in the Post-War Lives of Perpetrators of the Shoah,” the lecture will take place in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 25 Library Place in Princeton. It is free and open to the public and parking is available in the lot behind the library.
The story of the mark of Cain offers an intriguing paradigm for the lingering presence of guilt and moral remainders in the life of murderers. Cain’s guilt is not understood as bloodstain that can (or should) be washed away in rituals of purification and forgiveness. Rather, his redemption is lined to transparency, critical engagement, and active memory of the past. This lecture presents biographical portraits of convicted Nazi perpetrators in post-war Germany and develops a new approach to the role of guilt in theological and political processes of reconciliation.
Von Kellenbach’s areas of expertise include Holocaust studies, Jewish-Christian relations, feminist theology and interreligious dialogue. She is the author of Anti-Judaism in Feminist Religious Writings (Oxford University Press, 1994) and of The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Lives of Nazi Perpetrators (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Established in 1983 by Dr. Edith Neumann in memory of her husband, this annual lecture discusses topics appropriate to the broad theological interests of Dr. Frederick Neumann (1899–1967)—philosopher, biblical scholar, missionary, and pastor.
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