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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403974721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403974723
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A praiseworthy achievement--a model of its kind."--Paul R. Bartrop, Honorary Research Fellow, The Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, and Head of History, Bialik College
"Holy Hatred is a masterful, beautifully written study of how Christianity and the churches shaped and sustained a lethal antisemitism for almost two millennia. Future studies of the Holocaust or of antisemitism will have to address Michael's work."--Eunice G. Pollack, University of North Texas
 "Following in the footsteps of Poliakov and Flannery, this book offers a powerful description of Christianity's intimate involvement with Judeophobia and anti-Semitism from the gospels forward."--Peter J. Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, and Director, The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
"If anyone still remains ignorant of the Christian origins of anti-Semitism--ancient and modern--and its contribution to the Holocaust, this book will remedy that bliss: clearly, and in comprehensive detail."--Richard Elliott Sherwin, Professor, Bar-Ilan University

About the Author

Robert Michael is Professor Emeritus of European History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Listed in Who's Who in America, Professor Michael was a 1997 recipient of the American Historical Association's James Harvey Robinson Prize for the "most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history." A founder of the scholarly e-mail lists H-Antisemitism and H-W-Civ, Dr. Michael has published more than fifty articles and ten books on the history of antisemitism and the Holocaust.

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Librarian on October 24, 2011
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In this age of historic revisionism, it is important that Professors of History step forward and write books such as this that set the historical record straight.

Professor Robert Michael has stepped forward and smacked aside the lies and propaganda spread by modern day Catholics and Protestants that Christians can somehow be held blameless for the Holocaust and even more shocking the claim by Pope Benedict XVI that atheists were to blame for the atrocities committed by Hitler's Nazi regime.

Professor Michael covers approximately 1,900 years of Christian history and documents quite extensively the violence and the anti-Semitic propaganda that the Christians (starting with the Catholic Church) inflicted against the Jews for centuries and how it influenced Hitler and helped give rise to Hitler's policies.

Nearly every Nazi administrative order-from yellow stars to ghettos from defamations to deportations, from round ups to slaughters-had a precedent in the Christian West. Millions of Jews were murdered by Christians in Europe before Hitler was even a twinkle in his Mother's eye.

I give just two examples from Professor Michael's book:

1. Approximately 100,000 Jews were killed in the time period between 1298 and 1303 in Austria and Central Germany when Christians falsely accused the Jews of profaning a Host wafer. There was no proof that a Host was even TOUCHED by a Jew. There was no trial. There was merely mob justice by Christians who were doing "God's will".

2. In Spain in 1390 Ferant Martinez (a deputy for the Bishop of Seville) demanded the destruction of Jews and Judaism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hoffman on September 22, 2014
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I was impressed with this book for several reasons. Despite me being familiar with the theme and content of this book, I found the information illuminating in several ways.

The “tracing the dots” from Christianity’s inception to the Holocaust, was done in a systematic, non-emotional language backed with copious footnotes and sources. I was stunned by the array on footnotes and sources where 52 of the 238 pages were footnotes where 80% of the sources were previously unknown to me. The level of research that went into this compact book was amazing.

The author succeeds in his thesis that Christianity does in fact bear a major portion, though not alone, in creating the mass acceptance, circumstances and ideology that led to the Holocaust. He does not claim that Christianity itself ignited the Holocaust in the direct sense. Clearly, post WW1 politics and economics and demagoguery were the triggers for the Holocaust, but the powder keg and fuse had been put in place. Some would not call that new ground, but the book does other things as well. He traces the critical line of theology that never abated before the end of WW2 that created the prepared and fertile ground awaiting the Third Reich. The author reveals quotes and sources, too often overlooked and ignored (for obvious reasons), by the famous and influential persons down through the millennia that are responsible for the edifice that housed the Holocaust in Christian Europe. The list of these persons, the range of their influence, and their impact on theology, indicates just how wide spread and normative the anti-Judaism/Antisemitism of Christianity has been through the ages. It was not incidental at all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Kemp on November 5, 2012
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The content of this book makes very painful reading, but it is essential for the education of each new generation. It's a publication that should be in every respectable library. I strongly recommend it.
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