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Six Million Crucifixions

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Six Million Crucifixions examines the root causes of antisemitism in Christianity and how that prepared the soil for the secular antisemitism that culminated in the Holocaust. The book covers the last two thousand years of history, from the origins of this hatred all the way to the advent of modern antisemitism. It also covers the role of the Churches during the Third Reich, and the role of the Vatican in setting up escape routes for wanted war criminals after WWII. Six Million Crucifixions concludes by making ...
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Six Million Crucifixions examines the root causes of antisemitism in Christianity and how that prepared the soil for the secular antisemitism that culminated in the Holocaust. The book covers the last two thousand years of history, from the origins of this hatred all the way to the advent of modern antisemitism. It also covers the role of the Churches during the Third Reich, and the role of the Vatican in setting up escape routes for wanted war criminals after WWII. Six Million Crucifixions concludes by making the point that after the Second World War the Allies should have set up an international trial and put any and all clergymen who may have had a role in the defamation of and incitement against the Jewish people, as well as those who helped wanted Nazis escape Justice and other charges, on the dock.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780984334674
  • Publisher: QWERTY Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 0.87 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Don't waste your money

    on this "hit piece," which presents no new scholarship. It is unfortunate that the writer chose polemics over bridge building, but I suppose he will profit more by his selected approach.

    If you want to get past the anger and understand the truth about Pius XII, a far better book is "Hitler, the War, and the Pope" by Ronald J. Rychlak.

    "Let those who doubt but read Rychlak, follow his exquisitely organized courtroom-like arguments. What Professor Rychlak brings to the forum are facts, not rhetoric; dates, not conjecture; evidence, not slander.... The world owes Ronald Rychlak a debt for bringing the truth to light." -- Rabbi Eric A. Silver

    "I have read many books on Pius XII, and this [by Rychlak] is by far the most dispassionate in laying out the context, relevant facts, accusations, and evidence pro and con. The book is highly engaging because it is filled with so many little-known facts. The research has been prodigious. Yet the presentation is as down-to-earth as it would have to be in a courtroom.... This is a wonderfully realistic book." -- Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended - a must read

    I just finished Gabriel Wilensky's "Six Million Crucifixions" and found it excellent, very well written, clear and full of information and details. Very well researched also. I knew part of what he said because I am a Holocaust Survivor, but did not know details which he provides en masse. He writes about anti-Semitism, what the Christian churches have done and should not have done, also what they didn't do but should have done. They did not help Jews, the Vatican was silent. But...after the war they helped the perpetrators to flee justice. I knew that much, but no details as to how they escaped, why the Vatican was silent, why the churches were either silent or outright anti-Semitic. Wilensky gives a lot of detail which I found fascinating. I loved the pictures with their placement of past and present next to each other, an excellent idea. I saw that nothing much has changed. I loved the quotes in foreign languages, first because they tell more about this story but secondly because the quotes are correct in whatever language Wilensky uses (German, Latin, etc.). Most authors today quote in foreign languages, but have no idea whether what they say is correct and do not check. Wilensky either knew or checked. Good for him! I found his details informative and, in fact, had trouble putting his book down. I only put it down when I really could not take any more. The story is not easy reading but should and must be read and known. All in all an excellent book from an excellent writer. Gabriele Silten

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    A quasi-legal indictment of the Catholic Church

    Gabriel Wilensky has the interesting and probably unique idea of focussing on the Christian aspects of anti-Semitism, compiling the history in such a way as to create a legal case against Christian churches and creating potential indictments against those parties. Whatever you might think of that idea, I found it a very interesting and compelling approach and highly recommend the book.

    The provocative title of the book comes from Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (later Pope John XXIII), who referred to the extermination of the Jews in Europe as "six million crucifixions". Roncalli was kept safely out of the way during WWII in Istanbul, where he shepherded the tiny local Catholic community. As Pope John XXIII, he tried with some success to tone down the anti-Semitic language of the Catholic catechism.

    There has been much discussion by Jews and non-Jews alike on the question of a Jewish race. Wilensky wisely avoids this discussion, but does repeatedly document that the Catholic Church has long regarded the Jewish people as a race - a vile, perfidious, sub-human race at that. There are many illustrations depicting Jews from the Catholic viewpoint, some in apt juxtaposition with Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda.

    Wilensky convincingly shows that Nazi anti-Semitism was firmly rooted in Christian anti-Semitism. The question frequently arises, "Why did so many Germans go along with Hitler's anti-Semitic policies, to the point of willingly participating in the torture and murder of millions of Jews?" This book answered that question for me. Jew hatred was very deeply ingrained in the Christian psyche, and had only to be exploited by the Nazi propaganda virtuosi to turn average people into murderers.

    What about actual legal responsibility for the atrocities of WWII? Surely the Catholic Church could not be held responsible for that? Wilensky shows otherwise in the latter part of the book after building up to it all the way through. There is no question that Catholic Church officials knew about the mass round-ups and killings during the war. There is also no question about the Catholic Church's active role in getting war criminals out of Europe after WWII. (See recommended book, Unholy Trinity.) Actual legal proceedings will never happen, of course, but that does not diminish the facts of the case.

    The author makes certain assertions that, for me, take a Zionist viewpoint. He faults the Catholic Church for its delayed recognition of Israel and he repeats the Zionist myth about the foundation of the Zionist movement itself, crediting Herzl as the founder.

    Herzl's role is only a small part of a much longer, more complicated story. Zionism began as a part of the Protestant Reformation hundreds of years before Herzl. By the time of Herzl, Zionism was an important policy of the British Empire. The British hoped to gain a firm foothold in Palestine, using Zionism as one of their means of accomplishing that. I bring this up because the history of non-Jewish Zionism reveals the unfortunate anti-Semitic roots of the Zionist movement. Sadly, Zionism, with its physical manifestation, the State of Israel, is doing more to perpetuate anti-Semitism today than any church, state, or social movement.

    That said, I repeat my recommendation of this book for all readers, particularly for those who question how the Nazi holocaust could have happened.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    The Truth Hurts

    This book details the anti-Semitic beliefs and actions of the Christian church throughout its history that culminated in a holocaust. I am familiar enough with world history to vouch for the accuracy of what author Gabriel Willensky states occurred from 1,000 AD to the present. I cannot personally vouch for his statements as to what occurred from 33 AD through 1,000 AD. No one can deny that the Holocaust happened because of the actions of a Christian nation-Germany. Germany's religious beliefs stemmed from certain beliefs held by all of Christendom over the centuries. This is something that must be studied and dealt with by the Church in order to prevent another holocaust.

    Willensky presented tons of facts supporting his point of view. Each paragraph had a new accusation. While the statements were true, the massive number of facts is overwhelming for the reader. I found it difficult to read too many pages at one time due to my brain's inability to process all of this information. Included in the author's definition of anti-semitism was the so-called robbing of Jesus' grave that perpetuated a false religion. Denying that the resurrection took place will not win Willensky any friends. I know so many Christians who will disregard everything he says in this book because of his views toward Jesus. In addition, he believes that the New Testament story that the Jews killed Jesus is anti-Semitic. However, he does say that the Jewish leaders arranged for Jesus to be crucified. He further states that these leaders were not representative of the Jews. Well, they were and this is no different than the actions of the Christian leaders in Germany representing the church in Germany, which is his premise for the book.

    My only problem with the book is the author's statements concerning Jesus. While it is a difficult work to get through, every Christian should read it. We need to understand how the faith became so convoluted from its earliest centuries to the present century that we allowed the holocaust to happen. Until we do, there is no assurance that history will not repeat itself.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    A Look at Six Million Crucifixions

    "The Christian background of persecution, discrimination, demonization, segregation, vilification and victimizations of Jews and Judaism constitute a crime against humanity," writes Gabriel Wilensky in his compelling new book Six Million Crucifixions. While this might seem a bit much for some to accept, Wilensky sets about proving it in this well written book.

    He takes the reader on a journey from the death of Jesus Christ, through the early teachings of the Christian Church, through medieval superstitions, and finally to the Holocaust and the complacency of the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church in the destruction of over six million Jews by the Nazis and their helpers.

    If the reader had ever doubted the attitude of the Christian Church toward the Jews, Wilensky dispels it in this well researched and well documented volume. He writes about the Christians' use of the Jews as a scapegoat down through the ages and their depiction as the "killers of Christ" and the deniers of the "Messiah." To the ignorant, persecuted, and superstitious people of the Rome of Jesus Christ, the message resonated. As the reader follows Wilensky's descriptions of what the Church did for two millennia in the name of salvation, the reader can not help but be amazed. It is even more amazing that the original portrays of the Jew still resonate today with supposedly educated people. The Nazi regime took full advantage of the position of the Christian Churches towards the Jews and turned the Church's acquisitions into the Holocaust. If we can not learn from books like Six Million Crucifixions, what fate is in store for the Jew tomorrow?

    I recommend Six Million Crucifixions to anyone who is willing to put aside their religious convictions for a moment to discover the truth.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Excellent use of primary source illustrations and photographs. Chart used to list the many bulls, edicts, and laws issued agaisnt Jews useful as both a timeline and a reference tool. Wilensky's acknowledgement that his views are subject to revision.

    Six Million Crucifixions is a scholarly work written for a lay audience-in particular a Christian audience. Wilensky promises to inform his readers why Christians are responsible for the Holocaust. Wilensky promises to name prominent Christians who could have opposed the plight of the Jews and acted to assist the Jews, but who failed to take action. Wilensky promises to name prominent Christians who acted to the detriment of the Jews. Wilensky promises to reveal the theological and systemic Christian doctrines and traditions that created the mindset of the Nazis and their collaborators.

    Wilensky supports his main thesis through the presentation and analysis of primary sources: contemporary Church traditions, records from various Church Councils, the various Christian Creeds, treaties, illustrations, photographs, newspaper reports, official government documents, speeches, correspondence, sermons, judicial transcripts, radio broadcasts, and interviews. Notably missing from Wilensky's analysis are the Vatican papers from the WWII years.

    Wilensky's historical analysis begins with the first Christians who he credits as the creators of Anti-Semitism. Wilensky examines the acts, laws, treaties, catechisms, theology, philosophies and motivations of men in government and the clergy as they made decisions to act or refrain from acting in ways that affected the welfare of the Jews around them.

    Wilensky makes good on his promises. He names high ranking Church officials both Catholic and Protestant who propagated Anti-Semitic theology, tradition and rumor through their sermons, writings, speeches, and teachings. Wilensky enumerates their acts or omissions that shaped Anti-Semitism over the centuries.

    Wilensky also acknowledges the political leaders and members of the Church who stand out because they attempted and sometimes succeeded in protecting the Jews in their community.

    After tying together the actions, creeds, treaties, theology, traditions, and myths directed against the Jews and perpetuated by the Christian Church over the centuries: Wilensky paints a picture of a hostile and intolerant Anti-Jewish environment through out the world wide Christian community.

    Wilensky presents sufficient extant historical evidence to support many of his allegations concerning the historical role of the Christian Church as purveyors of Anti-Semitism through out many centuries. Wilensky acknowledges that with the future release of the Vatican papers covering the Holocaust years, that some of his analysis may be subject to revision. Wilensky's interpretation of Scripture remains just that an interpretation, in the absence of contemporaneous documentary evidence provided by those who knew, fellowshipped with, interacted with, or otherwise had the opportunity to observe and report on the actions, words, and thoughts of the earliest Christians.

    I highly recommend Six Million Crucifixions for those interested in Jewish studies in general and the Holocaust era in particular.

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