An overview of the persecution
|"Nazi anti-Judaism was the work of godless, anti-Christian
criminals. But it would not have been possible without the almost two thousand years'
pre-history of 'Christian' anti-Judaism..." Hans Küng 1 |
|"The Jews are a nervous people. Nineteen centuries of Christian
love have taken a toll." Benjamin Disraeli|
|"Only in our remembrance and open discussion is there a chance, a hope, that another Holocaust will never happen." Louis Weber, publisher of "The Holocaust Chronicle" 2|
The following essays list many mass murders of Jews, by both ancient Romans and by Christians, during the period 70 to 1946 CE.
Unfortunately, one biblical theme and one biblical passage have been combined to justify Christian persecution of Jews that lasted into the mid-20th century:
Together, the theme and passage were interpreted by many Christians as implying that all Jews were equally responsible for the execution of Jesus. This included the Jews who were present when Pilate sentence Jesus to be executed, other Jews elsewhere in first century CE Jerusalem, the Jews in the rest of the Roman Empire at the time, and all of the approximately 80 generations of Jews from that time until the present.
Rationally, this makes no sense. A person obviously cannot be held responsible for what some distant ancestor did almost 20 centuries ago. But it somehow made a lot of sense to many Christians. Even today, the term "Christ killer" is sometimes hurled at Jews.
Continual past attempts at Jewish extermination need to be closely examined and understood by everyone, in order to prevent future religiously based genocides and mass crimes against humanity. Otherwise, there is no hope for peace in the future.
The religious intolerance and racism that were responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews in the past differ little in principle from the emotions that caused recent incidents of mass murder, crimes against humanity, and genocide. For example:
|The mass murder of Muslims by
Christians in Kosovo.
|The genocide of Muslims and Roman Catholics perpetrated by Serbian Orthodox followers in Bosnia-Herzegovina.|
|The extermination of one third of the Roman Catholic inhabitants of East Timor by Muslims.|
|Anti-Judaism: Persecution of followers of the Jewish religion: |
|Anti-semitism: Persecution of Jews along racial lines: |
|Blood libel, ritual murder, host desecration and other anti-Judaic myths and hoaxes|
|"The Holocaust Chronicle: A history in words and pictures."
is a truly remarkable book about the Nazi Holocaust. Obtain a copy.
You will never be the same after having read it. Read
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The book has also been published on the Internet at: http://www.holocaustchronicle.org/|
|Dominic Crossan, "Who killed Jesus: Exposing the roots of
anti-Semitism in the Gospel story of the death of Jesus,"
HarperCollins (1996) This book concerns anti-Judaism in early
|Peter Gay, "My German Question: Growing up in Nazi Berlin," Yale,
|William Nichol, "Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate," Aronson,
(1995). See reviews/order
|Dan Cohn-Sherbok, "The Crucified Jew: 20 centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism," Eerdmans (1992). See reviews/order it|
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