Christian-Jewish Dialog

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Gollwitzer became an unflagging supporter and promoter of Christian-Jewish dialog in postwar Germany. He was involved in making the “Jews and Christians” working group a permanent fixture of Evangelical Church Congresses as of 1961. Work on renewing Christian-Jewish relations remained a principle theme of Gollwitzer’s theology all his life. In 1973, he was awarded the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal by the Deutscher Koordinierungsrat der Gesellschaften für Christian-Jewish Zusammenarbeit (German Coordinating Council of Organizations for Christian-Jewish Cooperation).

Politically, he was committed to the state of Israel’s right to exist, which he advocated out of theological, historical and moral and political motives. He retained his pro-Israel views even when anti-Zionism spread into the New Left.

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