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The Jew Accused : Three Anti-Semitic Affairs (Dreyfus, Beilis, Frank) 1894-1915 - Albert S. Lindemann

The Jew Accused

Three Anti-Semitic Affairs (Dreyfus, Beilis, Frank) 1894-1915

Paperback Published: 3rd May 1993
ISBN: 9780521447614
Number Of Pages: 320

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Three Jews--Alfred Dreyfus, Mendel Beilis, and Leo Frank--were charged with heinous crimes in the generation before World War I--Dreyfus of treason in France, Beilis of ritual murder in Russia, and Frank of the murder of a young girl in the United States. The affairs that developed out of their trials pulled hundreds of thousands of people into passionate confrontation. Quite aside from the lurid details and sensational charges, larger issues emerged, among them the power of modern anti-Semitism, the sometimes tragic conflict between the freedom of the press and the protection of individual rights, the unpredictable reactions of individuals when subjected to extreme situations, and the inevitable ambiguities of campaigns for truth and justice when political advantage is to be gained from them. This study explores the nature of modern anti-Semitism and the ways that politicians in the generation before World War I attempted to use hatred of Jews as a political device to mobilize the masses. The anti-Semitism surrounding the affairs is presented as an elusive intermingling of real conflict between Jews and non-Jews, on the one hand, and, on the other, fantasies about Jews derived from powerful myths deeply rooted in Western civilization. In attempting to untangle myth and reality and to offer a fresh look at the main personalities in the affairs many surprises emerge; heroes appear less heroic and villains less villainous, while real factors appear more important than most accounts of the affairs have recognized.

'Lindemann takes anti-Semitism out of the realm of fantasy and stereotype and places it firmly in the realm of history. Lindemann pursues this approach through a painstaking analysis. He certainly manages to shed a new light on the most well-known of these affairs: the sequence of lies, bungles and brave gestures surrounding the arrest for espionage of the French Jew Alfred Dreyfus.' Times Higher Education Supplement

List of plates
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The historical setting in Europe and America
Earlier anti-Semitic affairs
France before the Dreyfus Affair
The Dreyfus Affair, more than a trial
Beyond the Pale
Russia and the Jews, 1890-1914
Blood libel; the Beilis Affair
America, the 'exception'
The Leo Frank Affair
Epilogue and conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521447614
ISBN-10: 0521447615
Series: Three Anti-Semitic Affairs (Dreyfus, Beilis, Frank) 1894-191
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd May 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.49