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Christianity and the Holocaust of Hungarian Jewry - Moshe Y. Herczl

Christianity and the Holocaust of Hungarian Jewry

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1993
ISBN: 9780814735039
Number Of Pages: 310

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The tragedy of Hungarian Jewry reached its climax between the 15th of May and the 7th of July, 1944, when nearly half a million Jews were expelled from Hungary and sent to death camps. The removal of Jews from Hungary - except for those of the capital, Budapest - was absolute, and was carried out rapidly and efficiently. This dramatic event, unusual even against the background of the Holocaust, did not take place in a vacuum. It grew out of the relationship that had evolved over generations between the expelled people and the larger populace. The Christian church in Hungary played a central, active part in this relationship and its final, devastating outcome.
The role of the Christian church in Hungary during the Nazis' campaign of Jewish mass extermination has been largely forgotten. Now, Moshe Herczl exposes this repressed and painful episode in the history of the Holocaust. Using previously unknown materials and extensive analytical research, he recreates the church's actions and disposition toward Hungarian Jewry. Drawing on personal correspondence, speeches, and of ficial platforms, he provides a scathing indictment - in its own words - of the church's lack of compassion toward - and even active persecution of - Hungary's Jews during this period.

"Shocks by its very frankness... Absorbing and excellently translated, it is a valuable contribution to Holocaust scholarship." --Association of Jewish Libraries"A most valuable addition to our knowledge of a most painful chapter in the histories of both Hungary and the Jewish people." --Yehuda Bauer,Jona M. Machover Professor of Holocaust Studies,Institute of Contemporary Jewry,Hebrew University of Jerusalem "A valuable contribution ... Its publication will fill a long-felt need." --Nathaniel Katzburg,Professor Emeritus in Jewish History,Bar-Ilan University"Based on rich documentation, it contains within it a great deal of information unknown to scholars to date... A real contribution to our understanding of anti-Semitism in Hungary." --Yisrael Gutman, Yad Vashem,The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem"Demonstrates the crucial nexus between the long held antipathy of the Catholic and Protestant churches in Hungary toward Hungarian Jewry and the deportation of more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in 1944." --Religious Studies Review

Preface and Acknowledgments
The Preparatory Years
Backgroundp. 4
The Blood Libel of Tisza Eszlarp. 8
The Catholic People's Partyp. 17
The Revolutions and the White Terrorp. 23
The Catholic Pressp. 40
The "Numerus Clausus" Lawp. 43
The Consolidation of the Twenties and the Christian Antisemitism of the Thirtiesp. 48
Popular Antisemitism of the Thirtiesp. 56
Cross Movements and the Arrow-Cross Partyp. 65
Anti-Jewish Legislation
The First Anti-Jewish Actp. 82
The Eucharistic Conventionp. 90
In the Wake of the Act's Adoptionp. 94
The Second Anti-Jewish Actp. 100
The Debate in the Upper House: The Stand of Church Leadersp. 106
Extraparliamentary Activity during and after the Debate on the Second Anti-Jewish Actp. 119
The Demand for Additional Anti-Jewish Legislationp. 128
The Third Anti-Jewish Actp. 133
The Labor Battalions Actp. 140
The Jewish Religion Status-Lowering Actp. 143
The Jewish Estates Expropriation Actp. 145
The Kallay Proposal for the Expulsion of the Jews from Hungaryp. 152
1944
The Expulsionp. 176
Who Carried Out the Expulsion?p. 183
Priestly Activityp. 190
The Shepherds' Epistlesp. 205
A Quarter of a Million Budapest Jews - Trappedp. 115
Hungarian Initiativesp. 230
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780814735039
ISBN-10: 0814735037
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st July 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.59