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Overview

The current revival of antisemitism in Europe and the demonization of Jews in parts of the Muslim world give special importance to the exposure of the myths and lies that for centuries led people to regard Jews as the dangerous "other" and that led to violence and persecution. This provocative anthology presents 90 documents that focus on the nature, evolution, and meaning of the principal myths that have made antisemitism such a lethal force in history: Jews as deicides, ritual murderers, agents of Satan, international conspirators, and conniving, unscrupulous Shylocks. Also included are documents illustrating the recent revival of classical myths about Jews among black nationalists, Holocaust deniers, and Islamic fundamentalists.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council
... [a] comprehensive and invaluable collection of primary sources....—Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dept. of Religious Studies, Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council, Spring 2009

— Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dept. of Religious Studies

Ethnic and Racial Studies
"This is material that every antiracist should know. This is material that everybody who wants to talk about Israel and Palestine should understand. This is material with which anybody who wants to be able to judge whether or not a contemporary text is antisemitic needs to be familiar." —David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32.4 May 2009

— David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London

Shofar
"... Antisemitic Myths represents a forceful reminder of the enduring power and danger of bigotry." —Sarah Salwen, Dept. Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, Shofar, Vol. 27.3 Spring 2009

— Sarah Salwen, Dept. Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

AJL Newsletter
"... a good addition to any Jewish library." —Arthur G. Quinn, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary,
Boynton Beach, FL, AJL NWSLTR (ASSN JEWISH LIB), Vol.28.3 Feb./March 2009

— Arthur G. Quinn, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary,Boynton Beach, FL

Journal of Ecumenical Studies
"[A] fact-filled source book to educate students and a general readership on the ideology and vicious practice of one of the world's oldest hatreds and how to recognize the subtle (and not so subtle) myths and symbols involved and evolved in the old-new tenacity of evil." —Adam Gregerman, Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 44.3 Summer 2009

— Adam Gregerman, Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD

European History Quarterly
"[The] editors must be given great credit for educating a new generation as to why antisemitism is, in Robert Wistrich’s words, ‘the longest hatred’." —Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London, Vol. 40 No. 3 2010

— Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London

European Legacy

"Any university student will benefit from studying Marvin Perry and Frederick M. Schweitzer's work... [it] adds to the understanding of its subject matter and is a helpful companion to the editors' previous [book]." —European Legacy, Volume 14 Issue 7 2009

Jewish Book World/Jewish Book Council
"... [a] comprehensive and invaluable collection of primary sources...." —Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dept. of Religious Studies, Jewish Book World/Jewish Book Council, Spring 2009

— Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dept. of Religious Studies

Michael G. Rapp

"Given the tenacity of antisemitic ideology and behavior,... this collection of primary sources will be an invaluable tool for the study of bigotry and hatred for many years to come." —Michael G. Rapp, Xavier University

Choice - F. Krome

Choosing a representative sample of antisemitic documents in a field littered with so much information seems daunting. Much of the material chosen by Perry and Schweitzer illustrates the myth of a Jewish conspiracy to corrupt Christianity, Islam, or Gentile society in general. The authors correctly regard the idea of conspiracy as perhaps the most powerful force in the history of antisemitism and, indeed, it still dominates contemporary antisemitic discourse. While readers will find the usual excerpts from documents such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1934), the authors also include lesser-known figures, such as the Nazi Hans Knodn, whose 1920 plan for mass deportation reminds readers that Hitler was not an original thinker. While each section and document includes succinct and insightful commentary, it is not entirely clear why some documents were chosen. For example, the editors periodically include Jewish responses to antisemitism, such as early Zionist tracts, along with some Christian rejections of anti-Jewish animus, and while an argument can be made for their inclusion, the authors do not explicitly make such a case. This companion to the editors' previous text, Antisemitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present (CH, Sep'03, 41-0465), has great potential for class use. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.F. Krome, University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, Choice, Feb. 2009

Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council - Michael N. Dobkowski

"... [a] comprehensive and invaluable collection of primary sources...." —Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dept. of Religious Studies, Jewish Book World / Jewish Book Council, Spring 2009

Ethnic and Racial Studies - David Hirsh

"This is material that every antiracist should know. This is material that everybody who wants to talk about Israel and Palestine should understand. This is material with which anybody who wants to be able to judge whether or not a contemporary text is antisemitic needs to be familiar." —David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32.4 May 2009

Shofar - Sarah Salwen

"... Antisemitic Myths represents a forceful reminder of the enduring power and danger of bigotry." —Sarah Salwen, Dept. Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, Shofar, Vol. 27.3 Spring 2009

AJL NWSLTR (ASSN JEWISH LIB) - Arthur G. Quinn

"... a good addition to any Jewish library." —Arthur G. Quinn, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary,
Boynton Beach, FL, AJL NWSLTR (ASSN JEWISH LIB), Vol.28.3 Feb./March 2009

Journal of Ecumenical Studies - Adam Gregerman

"[A] fact-filled source book to educate students and a general readership on the ideology and vicious practice of one of the world's oldest hatreds and how to recognize the subtle (and not so subtle) myths and symbols involved and evolved in the old-new tenacity of evil." —Adam Gregerman, Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 44.3 Summer 2009

European History Quarterly - Ariel Hessayon

"[The] editors must be given great credit for educating a new generation as to why antisemitism is, in Robert Wistrich’s words, ‘the longest hatred’." —Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London, Vol. 40 No. 3 2010

From the Publisher
"... a good addition to any Jewish library." —Arthur G. Quinn, St. Vincent de
Paul Seminary,
Boynton Beach, FL, AJL NWSLTR (ASSN JEWISH LIB), Vol.28.3 Feb./March
2009

Choosing a representative sample of antisemitic documents in a field littered with so much information seems daunting. Much of the material chosen by Perry and Schweitzer illustrates the myth of a Jewish conspiracy to corrupt Christianity, Islam, or Gentile society in general. The authors correctly regard the idea of conspiracy as perhaps the most powerful force in the history of antisemitism and, indeed, it still dominates contemporary antisemitic discourse. While readers will find the usual excerpts from documents such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1934), the authors also include lesser-known figures, such as the Nazi Hans Knodn, whose 1920 plan for mass deportation reminds readers that Hitler was not an original thinker. While each section and document includes succinct and insightful commentary, it is not entirely clear why some documents were chosen. For example, the editors periodically include Jewish responses to antisemitism, such as early Zionist tracts, along with some Christian rejections of anti-Jewish animus, and while an argument can be made for their inclusion, the authors do not explicitly make such a case. This companion to the editors' previous text, Antisemitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present
(CH, Sep'03, 41-0465), has great potential for class use. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.F. Krome, University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, Choice, Feb.
2009

"This is material that every antiracist should know. This is material that everybody who wants to talk about Israel and Palestine should understand. This is material with which anybody who wants to be able to judge whether or not a contemporary text is antisemitic needs to be familiar." —David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32.4 May
2009

"... has great potential for class use. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." —Choice, February 2009

"[A] fact-filled source book to educate students and a general readership on the ideology and vicious practice of one of the world's oldest hatreds and how to recognize the subtle (and not so subtle) myths and symbols involved and evolved in the old-new tenacity of evil." —Adam Gregerman, Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD, Journal of
Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 44.3 Summer 2009

"[The] editors must be given great credit for educating a new generation as to why antisemitism is, in Robert Wistrich’s words, ‘the longest hatred’."
—Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths, University of London, Vol. 40 No. 3 2010

"Any university student will benefit from studying Marvin Perry and Frederick M.
Schweitzer's work... [it] adds to the understanding of its subject matter and is a helpful companion to the editors' previous [book]." —European Legacy, Volume 14 Issue 7
2009

"... [a] comprehensive and invaluable collection of primary sources...."
—Michael N. Dobkowski, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dept. of Religious Studies, Jewish
Book World / Jewish Book Council, Spring 2009

"Given the tenacity of antisemitic ideology and behavior,... this collection of primary sources will be an invaluable tool for the study of bigotry and hatred for many years to come." —Michael G. Rapp, Xavier University

Choice

"... has great potential for class use. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." —Choice, February 2009

Choice

"... has great potential for class use. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." —Choice, February 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219503
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Perry is Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College, City University of
New York. He is author of An Intellectual History of Modern Europe.

Frederick M.
Schweitzer is Professor Emeritus of History and Director of the Holocaust Research Center at
Manhattan College. He is author of A History of The Jews Since The First Century A. D.

They are coauthors of Antisemitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the
Present.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part 1. Medieval and Early
Modern
1. Christian Demonization of the Jews
2. The Libel of Ritual
Murder
3. The Accusation of Host Desecration
4. Jews Blamed for the Black
Death
5. Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
6. The Spanish Inquisition and the
Conversos
7. The Persecution of Portuguese Jews
8. Luther and the Jews
9.
The Misuse of Learning: The Professor as Antisemite

Part 2. Modern
10.
Voltaire: The Philosophe as Antisemite
11. Continuing Catholic Anti-Judaism and
Antisemitism
12. The Jew as Evil Capitalist: Marx and Sombart
13. French
Antisemitism and the Dreyfus Affair
14. German Volkish Antisemitism
15. Zionism as a Defense against Jew-Hatred
16. Persecution and Pogroms in Tsarist Russia
17.
The Myth of an International Jewish Conspiracy
18. The Intensification of German
Antisemitism after World War I
19. The Worldview of Adolf Hitler
20. Nazi Racial
Culture: The Corruption of the Intellect
21. The Jew in Nazi Wartime
Propaganda
22. The Holocaust (Shoah)

Part 3. Contemporary
23.
The Catholic Church Confronts Its Antisemitic Past
24. Protestant Churches Confront Their
Antisemitic Past
25. Antisemitism in the Soviet Union and the New Russia
26. The
Lingering Appeal of Nazism in Germany
27. Neo-Nazi Antisemitism in the United States: A
Radical Fringe
28. Holocaust Denial: A Neo-Nazi Mythology
29. African American
Antisemitism: The Nation of Islam
30. Muslim Antisemitism: Recycling Old
Myths

Bibliography
Detailed Table of Contents
Index

Indiana University Press

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