General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1918
Original Publisher: Bloch Publishing Company
History / Ancient / Rome
History / Middle East / Israel
History / Jewish
History / Middle East / General
Religion / Judaism / General
Social Science / Jewish Studies
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Excerpt: AUTHOR'S PREFACE Feom the time that Innocent III evolved the diabolical plan to destroy the moral stamina of the Jews, the bearers of Spanish culture to the world of Christendom, by forcing them to wear a badge of shame on their garments, until the audacious kidnapping of a Jewish child from the house of his parents, which occurred under the government of Cardinal Antonelli, Papal Rome symbolizes to the Jews an inexhaustible well of poison. It is only with the drying-up of this source that Christian German Anti-Semitism will die from lack of nourishment. With the disappearance of the hostility of Christianity to culture, there ceases also its animosity to Judaism; with the liberation of the Eternal City on the banks of the Tiber, begins the liberation of the Eternal City on the slopes of Moriah; the renaissance of Italy heralds the rise of Judah.2 The orphanedchildren of Jerusalem will also participate in the great regeneration of nations, in their awakening from the lethargy of the Middle Ages, with its terriblenightmares. i Innocent III, Pope from 1198 to 1216, was distinguished for his cruel hatred toward the Jews. At bis instigation, the fourth Lateran Council adopted a Resolution urging the Christian Princes to force the Jews 'to wear a distinctive badge on their garments. -- Translator. At the time when Hess wrote these lines, Italy, under the leadership of Garib...