Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust

Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust

Kevin Spicer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/31/2007
ISBN: 978-0-253-11674-1
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In recent years, the mask of tolerant, secular, multicultural Europe has been shattered by new forms of antisemitic crime. Though many of the perpetrators do not profess Christianity, antisemitism has flourished in Christian Europe. In this book, thirteen scholars of European history, Jewish studies, and Christian theology examine antisemitism’s insidious role in Europe’s intellectual and political life. The essays reveal that annihilative antisemitic thought was not limited to Germany, but could be found in the theology and liturgical practice of most of Europe’s Christian churches. They dismantle the claim of a distinction between Christian anti-Judaism and neo-pagan antisemitism and show that, at the heart of Christianity, hatred for Jews overwhelmingly formed the milieu of 20th-century Europe.

Author Bio

Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C., is Associate Professor of History at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He is author of Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Love Thy Neighbor?

Part 1. Theological Antisemitism
1. Belated Heroism: The Danish Lutheran Church and the Jews, 1918<N>1945
2. Rabbinic Judaism in the Writings of Polish Catholic Theologians, 1918<N>1939
3. German Catholic Views of Jesus and Judaism, 1918<N>1945
4. Catholic Theology and the Challenge of Nazism

Part 2. Christian Clergy and the Extreme Right Wing
5. Working for the Führer: Father Dr. Philipp Haeuser and the Third Reich
6. The Impact of the Spanish Civil War upon Roman Catholic Clergy in Nazi Germany
7. Faith, Murder, Resurrection: The Iron Guard and the Romanian Orthodox Church

Part 3. Postwar Jewish-Christian Encounters
8. The German Protestant Church and Its Judenmission, 1945<N>1950
9. Shock, Renewal, Crisis: Catholic Reflections on the Shoah

Part 4. Viewing Each Other
10. Wartime Jewish Orthodoxy's Encounter with Holocaust Christianity
11. Confronting Antisemitism: Rabbi Philip Sidney Bernstein and the Roman Catholic Hierarchy
12. Old Wine in New Bottles? Religion and Race in Nazi Antisemitism

List of Contributors