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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Main Page: Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism') - A History and Analysis of Jew Hate

Judeophobia ('anti-Semitism',Jew Hate) in the Pagan Ancient World

Judeophobia (Anti-Semitism, Jew Hate) in the Early Christian Church

Medieval Persecution of Jews I - Proselytization, Conversions and Ghettos

Medieval Persecution of Jews: II- Crusades, Expulsions, Inquisitions and Massacres 

Medieval Persecution of Jews: III- Blood Libels and other Myths

Persecution of the Jews Under Islam

Judeophobia ('anti-Semitism') in the Reformation

Judeophobia in the Enlightenment and 19th Century France

Germany: Racism and Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism')

Conspiratorial Theories and Russian Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism')

Marxism and Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism')

Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism') in The United States

Contemporary Anti-Zionism

Holocaust Denial

Theories of the Etiology of Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism')

During the Holocaust itself, the aim of Holocaust Denial was to stress the Jews’ unawareness in order to murder them without resistance. Al least two Nazi ringleaders, Martin Bormann and Heinrich Himmler, forbade public talk about the “Final Solution.” After the war, Holocaust Denial was first proposed in 1948 by French Trotskyites and anarchists led by Paul Rassinier, whose 1964-book “Debunking the Holocaust Myth” claimed evidence of the genocide was “Stalinist propaganda.”

In 1979 Holocaust Denial became an organized propaganda movement when the “Revisionist Convention” founded the prolific “Institute for Historic Review” in Torrance, California. Since 1980 it publishes a tri-monthly “Journal of Historic Review,” which was sent for free to the 12,000 members of the Organization of American Historians, and holds annual conventions.

Willis Carto, founder of the “Liberty Lobby” (the largest Judeophobic propaganda organization in the US) incorporated the IHR and made out of it a pseudo-academic enterprise convening professors with no credentials in history (Rassinier had them in geography, Butz in electrical engineer, Faurisson in literature, etc.). Thus they developed new outlets for their Judeophobia. The IHR publishes its Journal of Historic Review. From 1991 Bradley Smith places advertisements in college newspapers for the CODOH (Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust). They even recruited a David Cole who claims Jewish parentage, and the British military commentator David Irving whose best-selling book “Hitler’s War” (1977) claims that Hitler never knew of Jews being murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Holocaust Denial poses a quandary: you lose if you answer their arguments (since their “view” can be thus presented as an opinion to “open the debate on the Holocaust”) and you also lose if you do not answer (“Jews do not have any arguments to reply”). How to confront the phenomenon merits a special lecture which, again, is beyond the scope of our course. But I must mention the four levels in which they usually express themselves, in order of sophistication:

1) the Holocaust never took place;

2) the figures are exaggerated;

3) there was no systematic plan whatsoever;

4) in every war there is a Holocaust, and the Jews make a fuss of their own, always presenting themselves as champions of suffering and persecution.

Holocaust Denial is not only a fraud. It is a dangerous one, because it whitewashes Nazism, it plants hatred wherever it is allowed, and under the excuse of “freedom of expression” it transgresses law in two ways: apology of crime and incitement to violence.

Judeophobic mythology was widened by Holocaust Denial. As if lepers, ass-worshipers, deicides, people-witness, barbarians, racial virus, exploiters and world conspirators were not enough, Jews are branded as Holocaust-fabricators. A general view of the mythology and its reasons is the subject of the next Chapter.

Gustavo Perednik

Next: Chapter 16: Summary - Theories of the Etiology of Judeophobia ('Anti-Semitism'

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Gustavo Perednik


Acknowledgement

These pages are adapted by the kind permission of Dr. Gustavo Perednik.They  are based on a twelve-lecture Internet course prepared for "The Jewish University in Cyberspace." During 2000 and 2001, the book by Gustavo Perednik "Judeophobia" was published in Spanish. This course summarizes the core ideas of the book. It presents a comprehensive and unique analysis of the development of Jew hate (Judeophobia or anti-Semitism) throughout history. It tries to answer the question "why the Jews?" - why have Jews been particularly singled out for ethnic, racial and religious persecution, and it traces the relationship between anti-Zionism and racist Judeophobia or so-called anti-Semitism.

Zionism and Israel Information Center is grateful to Dr. Perednik for his permission to popularize his works.


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