Franklin H. Littell – In Memoriam
Bauer traces Professor Franklin Littell’s training and development as a scholar, and most importantly, his groundbreaking work on the discussion of the relationship between Christianity, the Jews, and the Holocaust. Littell was a major figure in the study of the Holocaust, who played a seminal role in introducing the subject into North American academia. He was instrumental in bringing about change in the way the Christian world viewed the Jews and Christian–Jewish dialogue. He introduced the Scholars’ Conference on the Church Struggle and the Holocaust together with Professor Hubert Locke in 1970, was later appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Holocaust, and served on the content committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Littell argued that the Shoah had exposed the Christian world’s most far-reaching theological crisis, both in terms of those who had demonized the Jews and from among whom had emerged the murderers. Bauer’s personal insights and memories add to the remarkable picture of this man.