The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism

The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism

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by David I. Kertzer
     
 

In this meticulously researched, unflinching, and reasoned study, National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism. Working in long-sealed Vatican archives, Kertzer unearths startling evidence to undermine the Church’s argument that it played no direct

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In this meticulously researched, unflinching, and reasoned study, National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism. Working in long-sealed Vatican archives, Kertzer unearths startling evidence to undermine the Church’s argument that it played no direct role in the spread of modern anti-Semitism. In doing so, he challenges the Vatican’s recent official statement on the subject, We Remember. Kertzer tells an unsettling story that has stirred up controversy around the world and sheds a much-needed light on the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375706059
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/24/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
356,810
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

David I. Kertzer was born in 1948 in New York City. He is Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science and a professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University. He is the author of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Popes Against the Jews was a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize and he has twice been awarded, in 1985 and 1990, the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best wrok on Italian history. He and his wife, Susan, live in Providence.

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Part 1Keeping Jews in Their Place
1A Missed Opportunity25
2Forced Baptisms38
3The Ghetto60
4Ritual Murder Makes a Comeback86
5The End of an Era106
Part 2The Church and the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
6The Catholic Press133
7Jewish Vampires152
8France166
9Austria186
10Race205
11Ritual Murder and the Popes in the Twentieth Century213
Part 3On the Eve of the Holocaust
12A Future Pope in Poland239
13Antechamber to the Holocaust264
Acknowledgments293
AppendixPopes and Their Secretaries of State297
Notes299
References Cited329
Index345

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