The Devil and the Jews: The...

The medieval conception of the Jew as devil – literally and figuratively – is the subject of this classic work, first issued in 1943. The full dimension of the diabolization of the Jew is presented through document, analysis, and illustration. It is a chilling study but an exceedingly important one.

xiv The Devil and the Jews Jew, and that this same conception, in another vocabulary, still prevails through much of the world. If the Jew is today despised and feared and hated, it is because we are the heirs of the Middle Ages. If it is possible for demagogues to sow the seeds of dis-union and discord, to stir fanatical emotions and set neighbor against neighbor, it is because the figure of the “ demonic” Jew, less than human, indeed, antihuman, the creation of the medi-eval mind, still dominates the folk imagination. “ Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings” we may still learn the unvarnished truth. It came to the father of a friend of mine recently when he parked his car in a small French Canadian town. Two youngsters at play in the street ran over and peered curiously at its occupant. “ C’est un Juif,” declared the older and wiser, after a moment’s consideration. “ Mais non,” protested the other in his innocence, “ ce n’est pas un Juif; c’est un homme.” When I repeated this to another friend he told me he had over-heard the same exchange in South Africa. “ Daar komt een mens,” remarked a boy and his companion corrected him, “ Dit is geen mens, dit is een Jude.” Obviously, we must at last recognize, the lie is a more potent weapon, skilfully wielded, than the bare and simple truth, as Adolf Hitler once so forcefully declared and has since demon-strated. For the lie can be molded to match the “ will to believe”; the truth is made of less malleable stuff. The exaggerated mate-rialist interpretation of history, no less than the demogogic, has fostered its own wilful distortion of truth. That anti- Jewish sen-timent is the product of social and economic tensions is true — but yet only half the truth. Maurice Samuel, in his remarkably sensitive and astute book, The Great Hatred, has done a superb job of puncturing the exclusively materialist interpretation of antisemitism, which is something else again, a psychological- cul-tural phenomenon altogether outside the ken of materialists. The distinction is crucial. I must emphasize, in order to avoid mis-understanding, that this is not a study of anti- Jewish prejudice in all its aspects, and that this book does not purport to tell the entire story. My concern here is with that element in the com-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

The Devil and the Jews: The Medieval Conception of the Jew and Its Relation to Modern Anti-Semitism


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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTS ILLUSTRATIONS FOREWORD. Marc SapersteinPREFACEINTRODUCTION. MEDIEVAL SUPERSTITION AND MODERN ANTISEMITISMPART ONE. THE DEMONIC JEW PART TWO. THE JEW AS SORCERER PART THREE. THE JEW AS HERETIC EPILOGUE. STILL THE DEVIL'S OWNNOTES EPILOGUE. STILL THE DEVIL'S OWN BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
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