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Jewish DogsAn Image and Its Interpreters$
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Kenneth Stow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752817

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.001.0001

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Ambivalence and Continuity

Ambivalence and Continuity

(p.37) One Ambivalence and Continuity
Jewish Dogs
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Within the Catholic Church, a wholesale revival of ritual murder accusations against Jews occurred in the 1880s through the first decades of the twentieth century. The Vatican Library's collection includes two encyclopedias which both imply that these accusations were fabricated: the Enciclopedia cattolica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia. Antonio Pol accused Jews of plotting to murder Christianity itself. In his 1872 Der Talmudjude (The Talmud Jew), August Rohling accuses Jews of murdering Christian children and ritually using their blood, a claim that was challenged by Elphège Vacandard in an essay he wrote in 1913. In the later 1880s, Father Henri Desportes published Le Mystère du sang chez les juifs, which included a list of 150 alleged ritual murders committed by Jews. The charge of ritual murder against the Jews was vocally supported by Roman Jesuits but condemned by Jesuits outside Rome. Proponents of modernism also rejected ritual murder as nothing but myth.

Keywords:   ritual murder, Jews, Antonio Pol, Christianity, August Rohling, Elphège Vacandard, Jesuits, modernism, Catholic Church, Henri Desportes

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