Roots of Hate: Anti-Semitism in Europe before the Holocaust

TitleRoots of Hate: Anti-Semitism in Europe before the Holocaust
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBrustein, William
Number of Pages400
PublisherCambridge University Press

How did the levels of anti-Semitism in the 1930s compare to those of earlier decades? Did anti-Semitism vary in content and intensity across societies? In other words, were Germans more anti-Semitic than their European neighbors, and, if so, why? How does anti-Semitism differ from other forms of religious, racial, and ethnic prejudice? In this book, the author offers a comparative and empirical examination of anti-Semitism within Europe before the Holocaust, from the 1870s to the 1930s. The author proposes that European anti-Semitism flowed from religious, racial, economic, and political roots, which became enflamed by economic distress, rising Jewish immigration, and socialist success. To support his arguments, the author draws upon a careful and extensive examination of the annual volumes of the American Jewish Year Books and more than 40 years of newspaper reportage from Europe's major dailies.

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