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Antisemitism : myth and hate from antiquity to the present
Perry, Marvin.
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New York : Palgrave, [2002]

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x, 309 pages ; 24 cm
The trial and death of Jesus: the myth of "Christ killers" and the "criminal people" -- Ritual murderers: Christian blood and Jewish matzohs -- The diabolization of Jews: demons, conspirators, and race defilers -- Homo Judaicus economicus: the Jew as Shylock, parasite, and plutocrat -- Denying the Holocaust: a neo-Nazi mythology -- Antisemitic myths blackwashed: the nation of Islam inherits a devil.
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In this provocative book, Marvin Perry and Frederick M. Schweitzer analyze the lies, misperceptions, and myths about Jews and Judaism that anti-semites have propagated throughout the centuries. Beginning with antiquity, and continuing into the present day, the authors explore the irrational fabrications that have led to numerous acts of violence and hatred against Jews. The book examines ancient and medieval myths central to the history of anti-semitism: Jews as 'Christ-killers', instruments of Satan, and ritual murderers of Christian children. It also explores the scapegoating of Jews in the modern world as conspirators bent on world domination; extortionists who manufactured the Holocaust as a hoax designed to gain reparation payments from Germany; and the leaders of the slave trade that put Africa in chains. No other book has focused its attention exclusively on a thematic discussion of historic and contemporary anti-semitic myths, covering such an expansive scope of time, and allowing for such a painstaking level of exemplification. Anti-semitism is an essential book that will serve as a corrective to bigotry, stereotype, and historical distortion.

Author Notes

MARVIN PERRY taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York, USA, for many years. He is the co-editor of Jewish-Christian Encounters Over the Centuries: Symbiosis, Prejudice, Holocaust, Dialogue and author of Western Civilization: A Brief History.

FREDERICK M. SCHWEITZER is Professor of History at Manhattan College, USA. He is the co-editor, with Marvin Perry, of Jewish-Christian Encounters Over the Centuries: Symbiosis, Prejudice, Holocaust, Dialogue and is author of A History of the Jews Since the First Century A.D.

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Library Journal Review

Perry (Baruch Coll., CUNY) and Schweitzer (Manhattan Coll.) navigate the history of anti-Semitism with a firm hand, utilizing the latest scholarship and confronting controversial issues without fear. Although the book provides a number of linkages between the Holocaust and earlier anti-Semitic beliefs, the primary purpose is to analyze the origins of anti-Semitic myths and their later manifestations. While the authors assert that these beliefs created the fertile ground for mass murder, they do not claim that it inevitably led to genocide. In addition to detailing anti-Semitic beliefs and the consequent victimization of Jews, the authors provide a primer on how to counter such beliefs using historical facts and methodology. Of particular use for students are the chapters on Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, and the writings and speeches of the Nation of Islam, which provide important context for understanding how old myths are continually reinvented for the modern world. Recommended for all libraries.-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This sweeping survey of the lies, misperceptions, and myths about Jews and Judaism that have circulated for centuries explores how these historical deceptions have erupted in violence against Jews throughout history. Perry (formerly, Baruch College) and Schweitzer (Manhattan College) analyze ancient and medieval perceptions of Jews as "Christ-killers," agents of Satan, and ritual murderers. They also scrutinize more modern incarnations of Jew hatred, such as depictions of Jews as international conspirators bent on world domination, fabricators of the Holocaust, and leaders of the slave trade, fueling the revulsion of the Nation of Islam and other extremists. This is a practical examination of various aspects of antisemitism and its pernicious history. Though many more detailed and nuanced scholarly studies of various aspects of this topic exist, this is a decent and sober beginning to this regrettable history of hate. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections. S. D. Benin University of Memphis

Table of Contents

The Trial and Death of Jesus: "The Myth of Christ-Killers" and the "Criminal People"
Ritual Murderers: Christian Blood and Jewish Matzohs
The Diabolization of Jews: Evil Demons, Conspirators, and Race Defilers
Homo Judaicus Economicus: The Jew as Shylock, Parasite, and Plutocrat
Denying the Holocaust
A Neo-Nazi Mythology
Anti-Semitic Myths Blackwashed: The Nation of Islam Inherits a Devil