EDITH STEIN AND REGINA JONAS
Religious Visionaries in the Time of the Death Camps

EMILY LEAH SILVERMAN
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Both Edith Stein and Regina Jonas were German Jewish women who demonstrated 'deviant' religious desires as they pursued their spiritual paths to serve their communities during the Holocaust. Stein, the first woman to receive a doctorate in philosophy from Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, claimed her Jewish identity while a cloistered Carmelite nun. Jonas, the first woman rabbi in Jewish history, served as a rabbi in Berlin and Theresienstadt concentration camp. This book offers a remarkable exploration of the theology of spiritual resistance: for Stein, this meant redemption and the transmutation of suffering on the cross; for Jonas, acts of compassion bring the face of God into our presence. Both women were executed in Auschwitz, though two years apart.