Research Paper on Historical Ties of Anti-Semitism within Medieval Germanic Culture

Research Paper on Historical Ties of Anti-Semitism within Medieval Germanic Culture

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Historical Ties of Anti-Semitism within Medieval Germanic Culture Anti-Semitism is far from a new concept; its presence has tarnished and shaped history, from the beginning of the Jewish faith, up until contemporary times. Germanic culture has paralleled, in length, the undeniable existence of internal, cultural anti- Semitism. The Holocaust was the clear tragedy of twentieth century and accounts for far more than a defining moment of Germanic anti-Semitism, but what is often looked over and ignored are the historical ties of anti-Semitism which provided the gateway for the Holocaust. The widespread, indisputable existence of anti-Semitism within Germanic culture has been apparent throughout the course of history, which blatantly paved the way for modern day discrimination. In the light of history and disaster, one can not help but wonder what separated the Jews from other minorities or the reasoning behind the existence of the immense hatred. The historical origins of anti-Semitism within medieval Germanic culture are of a complicated nature, and are undoubtedly deeply rooted in various aspects of Christianity, including the biblical origins of Christianity and the reformation, furthermore, cultural anti-Semitism was instigated by factious accusations of the Jewish people, including blood libel, witchcraft and other majestic powers, and the black death. The role and importance of Christianity greatly influenced the presence of anti- Semitism within medieval Germanic culture. Christianity and Judaism, like all other religions, are contradictory of the opposing religions theological beliefs. Judaism is viewed as a threat to Christianity, by most Christians of the medieval Germanic times, on the most basic level of belief, which inevitably led to Christian anti-Semitism. Christianity, within medieval Germanic culture, was undeniably of the utmost
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importance; the state, which was officially called The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, was run by highest officials of the Roman Catholic Church. While anti- Semitism is an underlying theme of the New testament, the most incriminating event, in the New Testament, attested to the Jews, is the Jewish peoples responsibility for the death of Jesus; Judas, a Jew, betrayed Jesus, leading to his crucifixion, Pontius Pilot, also a Jew, was the direct cause of the crucifixion of Jesus, and various other Jewish leaders were held responsible (New International Version Mark 14:43-46, Acts 27). Public expressions of hatred towards the Jewish people built on this very concept formed the basis of Christian anti-Semitism. The Roman church, in many instances, actually preached anti-Semitism based on the claim that the Jews were responsible for the death of
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