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.

2 The Devil and the Jews and justice, can argue themselves blue in the face, but those who believe these fables go on believing— and acting as though they were true. Why in Heaven’s name is this? There can be but one answer: people believe such things because they want to believe them. They are predisposed to accept any and all accusations, irrespec-tive of objective merit, that fit into their preconceived notion of the Jew. The specific charges are nothing more than rationali-zations of an underlying animus. If one is temporarily outmoded a dozen others spring up in its place— and they need but be superficially plausible to be embraced as gospel truth. Hatred of the Jew is not the result of a rational process. If it were, the absurdity of antisemitic accusations would stifle it still-born. A casual examination of the stock- in- trade of anti- Jewish agitation reveals a mixture of contradictory and mutually can-celing generalizations that no man of any degree of intelligence could credit. How can one believe that all Jews are at the same time Communists and capitalists in the face of the obvious untenability of all such generalizations, in the face of the well-known lower middle class and proletarian economy and general poverty of the Jewish masses, in the face, indeed, of the logical contradiction inherent in the dual characterization? The attempt to prove logically and statistically that this is not so can quite apparently make no impression upon minds that are blind ab initio to the all- too- evident truth of the matter. No, hatred of the Jew rests upon no rational base. When everything possible has been said about the psychological xeno-phobia that rejects “ difference” and resents minority cultures, about the economic and social frictions that exacerbate social relations, about the astute and persuasive propaganda techniques of anarchical demagogues, about the need for a “ scapegoat” for release of social tension, about the imperfections of the Jews themselves, and their abnormal economic status— and all these are potent immediate stimuli of active Jew hatred— the ultimate source, buried deep in the mass subconscious, is still untouched. Underneath the present stimuli, and contributing to them their   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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