Academic journal article Journal of Third World Studies

Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. the Devil That Never Dies, the Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

Academic journal article Journal of Third World Studies

Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. the Devil That Never Dies, the Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

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Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. The Devil that Never Dies, The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism. New York: Little, Brown, and Co., 2013.

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen a former professor at Harvard University and author of a classic work entitled: Hitler's Willing Executioners presents us with his latest study: The Devil that Never Dies.

This new study examines anitsemitism in Europe and well beyond into the western world (the Third World), concluding that "Jew Hatred" to the point of "eliminationism" has radically increased. This reviewer fully agrees with his assessment, but not with some of Goldhagen's reasons for this unprecedente, age-old, global hatred.

The Devil that Never Dies is a dense collection of anti-semitic literature, much of it drawn from newspaper accounts, old and new-from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to the curent Islamic clergy. Much of this study is repetitive blaming the Christian faith for anitsemitism (the Christ Killers scenario) and the recent Islamic fundamentalist hatred of all other religions (pp. 218-242).

There are, at least, two issues that I would take umbrige with for lack of accuracy. The first deals with a vague reference to Mel Gibson's 2004 film The Passion of the Christ which I saw several times. The film is not "Blantantly antisemitic" although the Gospels do blame the Hews for their role in the incident.

No doubt, the church has been antisemitic in the past, but since the 1960's they have powerfully fought that attitude.

In regard to Islam and its fundamentalists, there exists some deranged individuals who have a pathological hatred of all other religions. …

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