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.

4 The Devil and the Jews the high priest of modern antisemitism, “ comprises a direct crimi-nal assault on all nations of the earth.” Such contentions, it is true, are usually advanced by tyrants and demagogues, who cynically clothe the naked absurdity of their case and the naked depravity of their motives in a plausible veil of racial and economic abracadabra. This is “ scientific” antisemitism. But antisemitism is “ scientific” only for those few who demand an intellectual camouflage to conceal their aims and prejudices. What does all this add up to for the people, for the inchoate, spellbound mass of men and women, free from all taint of philosophy and science, who provide the grist for the antisemitic mill? To them the Jew represents the mysterious, fearsome evil forces which from time immemorial have menaced the peace and security of mankind. The hypocritical hocus- pocus of the professional antisemite makes its calculated impression: the simple common man may not comprehend its sound but he does understand its meaning. This is simply the new way of expressing his inherited dread. The mass mind is eminently retentive. Man, in Nietzsche’s definition, is the being with the longest memory, and José Ortega y Gasset has recently affirmed ( in his Toward a Philosophy of History) the objective existence of the accumulated past, as a positive element in creative action. But we cannot neglect the reality of the accumulated past as a negative influence— a patho-logical barrier to creative action. Man’s inability to forget is the obverse of his faculty of memory. We may please to consider ourselves “ moderns,” but under our skeptical rationalism and scientific objectivity the conceptions of our forefathers are still potent motivating forces. If we have succeeded in banishing ancient notions from our conscious minds ( and it need hardly be pointed out that a vast portion of the Western world has not yet exorcised the spirits and ghosts that preyed upon their ancestors) they have merely receded into the murky depths of the subcon-scious. Rationalize as it may, the Jew whom the world fears and hates is a heritage from the past— and the not- so- distant past at   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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