By Jocelyn Hellig
This lucid and concept upsetting advent examines the roots of hatred in the direction of Jewish humans and tradition from a different interfaith perpective.
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Thus, the Holocaust put the study of antisemitism into the mainstream of scholarship. Realising the contribution that Christianity had made to antisemitism by the negative portrayal of the Jew, both in the New Testament and later, Christian and Jewish scholars began to address the problem. The painful realisation that Christianity, the religion of love, could be linked with so atrocious an outcome led to a revolution in Christian scholarship. With all the study that was taking place, it soon became clear, however, that antisemitism was not the only cause of the Holocaust.
Third, Spielberg used actors to re-enact events. Claude Lanzmann, who made no attempt to visually represent the horrors of the Holocaust, condemned Spielberg’s approach, maintaining that no actor could conceivably have portrayed, for example, the hunger and emaciation of the camp inmates. A reenactment is, therefore, by its very nature a falsification. While immortalising the Holocaust in public consciousness, Spielberg had also, through the depiction of a “good Nazi”, skewed its entirely malevolent nature.
In the early stages, antisemitism, or Jew hatred, seemed to be the primary cause of the Holocaust, and new attention was given to it. Whereas, before, Jews had been persecuted, humiliated and even T H E H O LO C AU ST A N D A NT I S E M I T I S M ^ 17 massacred, there had never been an intention to destroy them utterly. The Holocaust was a novum in both Jewish and world history. Yet, the Holocaust had also demonstrated antisemitism’s most devastatingly logical outcome. Study of it could no longer be relegated to the sidelines, and it could no longer be viewed as an occasional outburst of hatred that arose from time to time and from place to place.
The Holocaust and Antisemitism: A Short History by Jocelyn Hellig