Antisemitic Myths

Antisemitic Myths

A Historical and Contemporary Anthology
Edited by Marvin Perry and Frederick M. Schweitzer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Format: paper 384 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21950-3
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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.

Author Bio

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.


"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

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

"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

". . . 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

". . . 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

"[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

"The current revival of anti-Semitism 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. [A] provocative anthology . . . ." —
Menorah Review

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Table of Contents


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

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