Antisemitic Myths

Antisemitic Myths

A Historical and Contemporary Anthology
Marvin Perry and Frederick Schweitzer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/17/2008
Format: Paperback
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

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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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