De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine
: pensar e acreditar depois de Auschwitz

  • João Diogo Silva Gonçalves (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Currently, the term «Auschwitz» means much more than just the name of alocation. The largest extermination camp built by the Nazis became the symbol of pain,anguish and death of millions. Under Adolph Hitler’s barbaric totalitarianism,crematorium furnaces incinerated, uninterruptedly, an entire generation not only ofJews, but of those not considered dignified by the III Reich regime.In this dissertation a number of questions asked by Holocaust’s victims arecollected, relating them to the theological reflection that emerged after this dark periodof human history. Theology, faced with such a heinous event, had to reconsider theparadigms that supported its architecture, in order to give further attention to theapparent silence of God in face of evil and human suffering. This improved way oftheological approach to suffering, consecrated a new era of reflection, since it realisingthe urgency of a theology «after Auschwitz».
Date of Award28 Apr 2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAntónio Martins (Supervisor)


  • Suffering
  • God after Auschwitz
  • Theodicy
  • The problem of evil
  • Silence of God
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Holocaust
  • Final solution
  • Jews
  • Shoa
  • Etty Hillesum
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer


  • Mestrado Integrado em Teologia

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