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Ryan Moore The Religious Quest II Father Tonias The Persecution and Rescue of the Jews during the Holocaust Throughout history, people of the Jewish faith have played a distinctly different role in society that has led to pervasive persecution. Their religious ideals and way of life, including dietary laws and dress code, have made them easy to identify and separate from the crowd; this conflict between prevailing societal norms and Jewish religious practices has set Jews apart from the rest of society. However, not all interactions between Jews and other people have been negative; there have been instances where non-Jews people have harbored those of the faith in times of great need such, as the Holocaust. Why people performed such heroic deeds at risk of peril can be explained through similarities between faiths as well as through the context of various historical events. The seeds of persecution against the Jews were sowed with the rise of the Feudal class system. Animosity was bred between society and the Jews because of their special ties with feudal authority; when the nobles would experience empty coffers, the Jews frequently loaned nobles money and made a profit in doing so. However, this did not sit well with the Christians, as this was considered a sin of usury. Jews essentially became scapegoats for the problems of the lower classes because of their corrupt and sinful connections with the authority of the feudal system. The problem for Jews was exacerbated because they were easy to identify through differences in dress and customs. Society was essentially divided into classes, with royalty being at the top of the pyramid, nobles and knights in the middle, and the serfs at the bottom. Each class would work for the class above them for protection against foreign kingdoms (for example,
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nobles would have serfs tend their land and, in turn, would protect them). However, the Jews did not fit into this caste system and they essentially were their own class. Without this protection Jews had to live in communities that were, again, separate from society. Aside from strong roots in the feudal system, anti-Semitic sentiments also stem from dramatic fabrications of Jews sacrificing children in rituals and their supposed secret plans for world domination. The roots of these stories can be found in the story of Christ’s death.
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