Schrecken: An Ideological War against the Jews Everywhere
8 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2011 Last revised: 26 Jan 2012
Date Written: May 4, 1999
And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear night and day, and shalt have no assurance of thy life. In the morning thou shalt say: "would it were even!" and at even thou shalt say: "Would it were morning!" for the fear of thy heart which thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
This Deuteronomic text effectively underscores the conditions and milieu that confronted European Jews under National Socialist rule. The impetus that led to this unpredictable episode in human history and the tragic carnage evident in its aftermath is the subject of Lucy S. Dawidowicz novel "The War Against the Jews." In her analysis, Dawidowicz carefully documents a number of precursors that slowly corrupted and shaped the moral conscience of German society into a bizarre ideological acceptance of racial superiority unmatched in the annals of history.
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