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The Holocaust, the Church, and the Law of Unintended Consequences: How Christian Anti-Judaism Spawned Nazi Anti-Semitism

The Holocaust, the Church, and the Law of Unintended Consequences: How Christian Anti-Judaism Spawned Nazi Anti-Semitism

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by Anthony J. Sciolino

The image of Jews as "God-killers" and their refusal to convert to Christianity has fueled a long tradition of Christian intolerance, hatred, and violence. It is no surprise, then, that when Adolf Hitler advocated the elimination of Jews, he found willing allies within the Catholic Church and Christianity itself.

In this study, author Anthony J. Sciolino, himself

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a masterful summarization of the key ideas in the cultural/intellectual history of the Roman Catholic Church and Western Europe underpinning the anti-Judaism which ultimately lead to the Holocaust. It resembles Jared Diamond's Guns,Germs and Steel in that like Professor Diamond, Judge Sciolino imbues what is essentially a description of complex ideas with a narrative force that makes the book a real page-turner. The book is ideal for general readers of all ages and would make an excellent text for any course in Western civilization at the high school or college level. All in all an outstanding work.
fumetti More than 1 year ago
This is the problem with the book. Nowhere does Mr. Sciolino actually state what the Pope SHOULD have done during the Holocaust. Not once does he say "the Pope should have done..." because frankly, he knows the answer. He knows not only would the Pope have been killed, and millions of Catholics killed, and priests and nuns sent to concentration camps. Now what would that have accomplished. here is a great book written by Rabi David G Dalin called "The Myth of Hitler's Pope" that talks about how the pope actually hid Jews in the Vatican and other things in order to save them. That being said, he nearly indicted Christianity for the Holocaust. In his mindset, he should have also have condemned atheism for the deaths of millions in Russia, China, and Cambodia, as all those leaders were atheists. He could also have condemned Islam for the constant barrage of hate against Israel and 9-11, but would he do that? NO. Judge Sciolino is a coward, and his book will surely earn nothing more than scorn from everyone but the most Christian apologist liberal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Judge Sciolino's book to be both fascinating and scary at the same time.  I was raised in a Jewish home and as a child  remember hearing how many Christians felt that Jews had killed Christ and that we were not to be trusted because of our different  beliefs   I never quite understood  how this happened .  Now, reading this very well documented book that  cites church teachings that go back over 2000 years, it's easy to understand how these ideas developed.  Anti-Judaism became part of the Catholic church's doctrine, supported by many of the popes through history. Judge Sciolino  then fast forwards to the rise of Nazi Germany in the early 1930's where Hitler himself was able to reference some of these same teachings, and in fact uses some of the same demonizing language in his own writings.  Add to         that the fact that Pope Pius XII and the Church did nothing to denounce Hitler and the Holocaust while it was happening, Judge Sciolino builds a strong case for rendering his decision that the Catholic Church, by its unwillingness to speak out against Hitler, helped to support his goal.  I learned so much from reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anthony Sciolino's book on the Holocaust is insightful. If more people had the courage to speak the truth and the bravery to take action, this could diminish some of the injustices in the world. Camille Perlo-Rochester, New York