Anti-Semitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present

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Since the 9/11/01 attacks on America, anti-Semitism has been on the rise, its roots firmly anchored in centuries-old prejudices. Schweitzer and Perry analyze the lies, misperceptions, and myths about Jews and Judaism that have been spread throughout the centuries. Beginning in antiquity and continuing into the present day, the authors explore major anti-Semitic themes: Jews as murderers of Christ; Jews as both evil capitalists and evil communists; the “myth” of the Holocaust; and the Nation of Islam’s hatred of ...

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Overview

Since the 9/11/01 attacks on America, anti-Semitism has been on the rise, its roots firmly anchored in centuries-old prejudices. Schweitzer and Perry analyze the lies, misperceptions, and myths about Jews and Judaism that have been spread throughout the centuries. Beginning in antiquity and continuing into the present day, the authors explore major anti-Semitic themes: Jews as murderers of Christ; Jews as both evil capitalists and evil communists; the “myth” of the Holocaust; and the Nation of Islam’s hatred of the Jews. This is an eye-opening piece of work that, sadly, is still needed today.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
…unsettling, all-too-timely survey…shows us the dangers…— Merle Rubin
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"Beginning in the 1st century AD and taking us as far as the 21st, Schweitzer and Perry examine the origins, manifestations and permutations of this virulent form of hate. Solidly researched and lucidly written, their book makes for compelling, if painful reading."—LA Times

"In Anti-Semitism, a new book on an old but still germane subject, authors Marvin Perry and Frederick Schweitzer argue that anti-Semitism remains stubbornly alive because people remain stubbornly stupid. It's a thesis worth exploring."—Peter J. Pitts, Indianapolis Star

"[A] tour de force [that] follows upon the late Edward H. Flannery's groundbreaking classic, The Anguish of the Jews."—Journal of Ecumenical Studies

"Commendably, the authors, using reader-friendly language composed in captivating imagery, bring home the point that realization of anti-Semitism and its vision of apocalypse is ever present and therefore necessitates constant vigil. A wonderful read on a poignant topic. Highly recommended."—Zev Garber

"Perry and Schweitzer navigate the history of anti-Semitism with a firm hand, utilizing the latest scholarship and confronting controversial issues without fear."—Library Journal

"A richly textured, thorough, well-written and indispensable addition to the literature, one that anyone interested in the topic and related racist phenomena should not miss." —John Weiss, author of Ideology of Death: Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany

"...this is a decent and sober beginning to this regrettable history of hate...Recommended."—S.D. Benin, Choice

"...an invaluable guide through the torturous maze of myth and lies propagated by antisemites throughout the ages."-Anna Dogole, The Jewish Eye

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"...deserves a place on your bookshelf..."—Gerard Meister, Pencil Stubs Online (www.pencilstubs.com)

"...an important contribution to the dialogue and the literature on the subject."—Chauncey Mabe, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"This book is timely, useful, and admirably readable. Its voice needs to be heard."—Michael R. Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Toronto.

". . . a remarkably timely and useful account of the history of antisemitism. . . . In spite of the thousands of books . . . on antisemitism, it is often difficult to find a book suitable for students that describes lucidly and competently antisemitic delusions and myths as both a logical absurdity and also a force that has shaped much of the history of the last two thousand years. This book qualifies in these respects unlike any book I have ever seen. I am confident that others will find it similarly useful."—Derek H. Davis, Journal of Church and State

"A substantial, comprehensive, and updated historical survey of the main antisemitic myths. . . "—Leon Volovici, Antisemitism International: An Annual Research Journal of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

Los Angeles Times - Merle Rubin
"…unsettling, all-too-timely survey…shows us the dangers…"
Library Journal
Perry (Baruch Coll., CUNY) and Schweitzer (Manhattan Coll.) navigate the history of anti-Semitism with a firm hand, utilizing the latest scholarship and confronting controversial issues without fear. Although the book provides a number of linkages between the Holocaust and earlier anti-Semitic beliefs, the primary purpose is to analyze the origins of anti-Semitic myths and their later manifestations. While the authors assert that these beliefs created the fertile ground for mass murder, they do not claim that it inevitably led to genocide. In addition to detailing anti-Semitic beliefs and the consequent victimization of Jews, the authors provide a primer on how to counter such beliefs using historical facts and methodology. Of particular use for students are the chapters on Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, and the writings and speeches of the Nation of Islam, which provide important context for understanding how old myths are continually reinvented for the modern world. Recommended for all libraries.-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312165611
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/20/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Perry is Professor of History at Baruch College, CUNY. He is the author of An Intellectual History of Modern Europe.

Frederick M. Schweitzer is Professor of History at Manhattan College. He is the co-editor, with Marvin Perry, of Jewish-Christian Encounters Over the Centuries and author of A History of the Jews Since the First Century A.D.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

• The Trial and Death of Jesus: "The Myth of Christ-Killers" and the "Criminal People"

• Ritual Murderers: Christian Blood and Jewish Matzohs

• The Diabolization of Jews: Evil Demons, Conspirators, and Race Defilers

• Homo Judaicus Economicus: The Jew as Shylock, Parasite, and Plutocrat

• Denying the Holocaust

• A Neo-Nazi Mythology

• Anti-Semitic Myths Blackwashed: The Nation of Islam Inherits a Devil

• Conclusion

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