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Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust : Language, Rhetoric and the Traditions of Hatred, Paperback / softback Book

Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust : Language, Rhetoric and the Traditions of Hatred Paperback / softback

Part of the Perspectives on the Holocaust series

Paperback / softback


Appreciating the power of language, and how discriminatory words can have deadly consequences, is pivotal to our understanding of the Holocaust.

Engaging with a wealth of primary sources and significant Holocaust scholarship, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust traces the historical tradition of anti-Semitism to explore this in detail.

From religious anti-Semitism in ancient Rome to racially-led anti-Semites focused on building superior nation-states in 19th-century Europe to Hitler’s vitriolic attacks, Griech-Polelle analyzes how tropes and stereotypes incited suspicion, dislike and hatred of the Jews – and, ultimately, how this was used to drive anti-Semitic feeling toward genocide.

Crucially, this 2nd edition sheds further light on the everyday experience of ordinary Germans and Jews under the Nazi regime, with new chapters examining the role of the Christian Churches in Hitler’s persecution of the Jews and those who participated in rescue work and resistance more broadly. With new illustrations, a detailed glossary and up-to-date further reading suggestions and questions, this 2nd edition provides a concise and lucid survey of European Jewry, the Holocaust, and the language of anti-Semitism.



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