The ‘Jewish question’ in Catholic publications

Ulrike Ehret

in Church, Nation and Race

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719079436
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702017 | DOI:
The ‘Jewish question’ in Catholic publications

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This chapter describes how the ‘Jewish question’ and its ‘solution’ were defined in Catholic publications. The call to strengthen Christian values in the modern age and the call to convert the Jews were the most common solutions offered in English Catholic newspapers. The Tablet, the Catholic Times and the Catholic Herald did not change their view that the Jews brought their fate upon themselves, despite anger at the brutality of the pogrom. The Gelben Hefte did not share the self-restraint that the papers of political Catholicism tried to practise. National Socialism could tap into a stream of antisemitic stereotypes that were popular and common since the First World War. Most literature on Catholic antisemitism asserts that racial antisemitism was firmly rejected by Catholics. Generally, this discussion shows the nature of anti-Jewish prejudices and times and occasions when the intensity of antisemitic articles was specifically high.

Keywords: Jewish question; Catholic publications; Christian values; The Tablet; Catholic Times; Catholic Herald; Gelben Hefte; National Socialism; political Catholicism; Catholic antisemitism

Chapter.  23139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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