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“The father of the Jews is the Devil”

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Six Million Crucifixions

How Christian Teachings About Jews Paved the Road to the Holocaust

By Gabriel Wilensky

The root causes of antisemitism

Six Million Crucifixions examines the root causes of antisemitism in Christianity and how that prepared the soil for the secular antisemitism that culminated in the Holocaust. The book covers the last two thousand years of history, from the origins of this hatred all the way to the advent of modern antisemitism. It also covers the role of the Churches during the Holocaust, and the role of the Vatican in setting up escape routes for wanted war criminals after WWII. Six Million Crucifixions concludes by making the point that after the Holocaust the Allies should have set up an international trial and put any and all clergymen who may have had a role in the defamation of and incitement against the Jewish people, as well as those who helped wanted Nazis escape Justice and other charges, on the dock

Antisemitism since the Holocaust

Antisemitism is on the rise again. Never since the end of the Holocaust have there been so many antisemitic incidents worldwide. The world suffers from amnesia and disregarding the lessons from the past looks the other way. Film director Mel Gibson releases The Passion of the Christ, a passion play watched by more people than all the previous passion play productions put together, and equally if not more damning of the Jewish people. A senior Vatican cardinal compares the Gaza Strip with a big concentration camp. A Swedish newspaper updates the old Christian Ritual Murder canard and accuses the Israeli Defense Forces—as a proxy for “The Jew”— of killing young Palestinians to harvest their organs. Holocaust denial has become more common, and no amount of lawsuits and debunking seem to make it disappear. Even a shunned, excommunicated Catholic bishop who Pope Benedict XVI brought back into the Catholic fold continues to openly deny the extent of the Holocaust. A pope who believes Pope Pius XII “spared no effort in intervening in their [the Jews’] favour either directly or through instructions given to other individuals or to institutions of the Catholic Church” during the war. And this is the same pope who seems to be interested in eroding the progress made by the Second Vatican Council and reverting to a more traditional version of Catholicism, a version that taught for almost two millennia that Jews were Christ-killers and the enemies of Christianity.

The Church on trial

Six Million Crucifixions provides an overview of the historical background of key events in the history of antisemitism spanning the time between the death of Jesus up to the end of the Holocaust and beyond. The second part of the book focuses on various specific aspects of Christian antisemitism, followed by the role of the Catholic and Protestant Churches during the Nazi era and its aftermath. The fourth part provides an overview of the criminal activities that individual clergy as well as the Churches as such may have been guilty of and makes a legal study of what a potential indictment may have looked like.

Clearly, most if not all the people involved in the crimes discussed in Six Million Crucifixions are now dead so an indictment and trial as discussed in the book could not happen today. This fact only makes the injustice even worse, as the clergy who were part of the crimes committed back then got away with impunity. What we are seeing now are the consequences of what happens when crimes go unpunished and the record is not properly established.

Fighting Antisemitism

The objective of this book is to present the historical background to explain how the Holocaust could have happened, and raise awareness of where antisemitism comes from and why it has not disappeared yet. Ultimately, it is up to courageous and good-hearted Christians to take a hard look at the past of their religion—as unsavory as it may be—and take what will surely be painful measures to redress the wrongs from the past.

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Table of Contents

Part 1

Historical Background

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This part will focus on background information regarding human nature and the evolution of civilization and culture. In essence, this part of the book will provide an account of where mankind has been and is, setting the stage for the following parts of the book that will focus on where it should be.

Chapter 1: Laying the Foundation

Chapter 2: The Middle Ages

  • The Crusades
  • Blaming Jews for Everything
  • The Fourth Lateran Council
  • Forced Preaching
  • The Talmud
  • Expulsions
  • The Reformation
  • Martin Luther

Chapter 3: Emancipation and the Rise of Modern Antisemitism

  • Emancipation
  • Modern Antisemitism
  • Usury
  • Revolution
  • Dreyfus Affair
  • Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Chapter 4: Modern Views

  • The Pius Popes
  • The Secular Racial Aspect
  • Hitler’s Religious Outlook and Views on the Church
  • Vatican Position on Zionism and the Holy Land

Part 2

Christian Antisemitism

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Chapter 5: Christian Attitude Towards Jews

  • Background
  • The Church Fathers
  • Association with the Devil
  • Heresy and Sorcery
  • Distortions of the Historical Record
  • Racial Antisemitism in the Church

Chapter 6: Christianity in Print

  • Encyclicals
  • Religious Publications

Chapter 7: Antisemitism in Sermons, Liturgy, and the Christian Bible

  • Similarities Between Nazi and Christian Thought
  • Canonical Anti-Jewish Laws, and Parallel to Nazi Laws

Part 3

The Role of the Churches During the Nazi Era

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Chapter 8: Dealing With the Enemy

  • Religious Statistics
  • Hitler’s Antisemitic Foundation
  • Reichskonkordat: Opening the Floodgates to Nazism
  • German Catholic Church’s Use of Antisemitism
  • Belief that the Jews were the Driving Force Behind Bolshevism

Chapter 9: The Church’s Positive Attitudes Towards the War

  • Examples of German Catholic Prelates Positive Attitudes Towards Nazism
  • Examples of Protestant Church Antisemitic Remarks
  • What the Pope and Churches Knew
  • The Church’s Plausible Deniability Strategy

Chapter 10: What the Churches Said. What the Churches Failed to Say.

  • The Church in Action: the Kulturkampf
  • The Bishop’s Duty
  • Res, non verba: The Bishops in Action
  • The Role of the Military Chaplains
  • Open Protests with no Consequences
  • Reaction of the Holy See to Anti-Jewish Laws in Italy and France
  • Did the Pope Have Anything to Say?

Chapter 11: Smuggling Nazis Out of Europe

  • The Church’s Role in Aiding Nazis Escape Europe
  • Argentina’s Role
  • American & British Roles

Part 4

The Quest for Justice

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Chapter 12: What the Pope and the Churches Should Have Done

  • Things Pius XII Did
  • Things Pius XII Did Not Do
  • Excommunication Issues
  • What the Defenders of the Pope Say
  • What a Repentant Church Should Say

Chapter 13: Legal Background

  • Underlying Criminal Offenses
  • Basis for Legal Liability

Chapter 14: Indictable Material

  • Genealogical Records
  • Clergy Serving in the Military
  • Acts of Omission
  • Support for Slovakia
  • Support for Croatia
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Profiting from Stolen Property
  • Abuse of Diplomatic Privileges
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Defamation and Incitement
  • Counts for Indictment

Chapter 15: Conclusions

Epilogue

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Chapter 16: Cleaning Up the Ashes

  • Righteous German Catholics
  • The Second Vatican Council
  • Towards a Better Understanding:
  • Building on Nostra Aetate
  • Last Thoughts

Appendices

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Appendix I: In Their Own Words

Appendix II: Pontifical Bulls

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