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  • In Memoriam:Donald J. Dietrich
  • Victoria Barnett

Donald J. Dietrich, Professor Emeritus of Boston College’s Department of Theology (chair, 1991–2000), died at age 72 on November 16, 2013. From 2001 to 2012 Professor Dietrich sat on the United States Holocaust Museum’s Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust. He was a member of the Church History Society, the Catholic Historical Association, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. He earned his doctorate in modern German history at the University of Minnesota; he was full professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point until he went to Boston College. Dietrich’s major scholarly concerns were theological questions arising from the Holocaust and religious understandings of human rights. He pioneered in several overlapping fields, and he played a central role in the founding of Boston College’s Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. His teaching areas included Christian theology, the Nazi regime’s interrelations with the Christian Churches, the developing place of human rights in international affairs, and the history of man’s relationship to God. He lectured in Oxford, London, Madrid, Graz, Berlin, Utrecht, Haifa, Vancouver, and elsewhere. His books include Catholic Citizens in the Third Reich: Psycho-Social Principles and Moral Reasoning (1988), God and Humanity in Auschwitz: Jewish-Christian Relations and Sanctioned Murder (1994), Priests for the Twenty-First Century (editor, 2007); and The German Catholic Experience with Human Rights (forthcoming). [End Page 178]

Victoria Barnett
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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