Christian Responsibility for the Persecution of the European Jews (313-1945)
In 313, the Roman emperor
Constantine issued The Edict of Milan, which made Christianity the official
religion of the Roman empire. That
empire was already weakened by the huge number of non-Romans allowed to settle
there and provide soldiers in the Roman army.
When Christianity became the
official religion, Jews, who were the minority, were accused of being disloyal
to the Roman state. This accusation continues to this day, as numerous
Christians claim that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the United
States. Yet, every spring Americans of Irish descent sing and dance Irish songs
on St. Patrick day and are never accused of disloyalty despite their huge
pronouncements of how wonderful everything Irish was and remains.
Since the Irish are mostly Roman
Catholics, it is all right to praise Ireland and be sentimental about its
greatness. Yet, Jews who are by religion attached to Israel are accused of
disloyalty. “Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.”
Numerous other lies and falsehoods
about Jews are commonly believed by Christians. Jews, Christians like to claim,
have too much power. If that were so, Christians would not have been able to
murder 6 million European Jews between 1932 and 1945, not only in Germany but in
nearly every country in Europe. Another favorite lie by Christians regarding
Jews is the assertion that Jews will do anything for money. Yet, Christians ran
into the homes of deported Jews all over Europe during the holocaust and stole
all the property the Jewish families had left behind. Since almost all the
European Jews were slaughtered in Christian murder camps, only a few descendants
of these Jews survived. These descendants and the few holocaust survivors
demanded that the money and property stolen from them be returned to the
survivors. This was not done as Christians now shouted that “the Jews want our
money and our houses and our art” when all these things have been in the
possession of the European Christian population to this day.
Despite the well-known mass murder
of six million Jews during the Catholic Hitler’s reign of terror, many Germam
churches display, to this day, sculptures on the front of each church showing a
large sow whose behind is being inspected by a rabbi who seeks to find his
religion in the sow’s derriere. These sculptures may be found all over Germany
and other European countries.
Recently, a Jewish man who had
converted from Christianity to Judaism sued churches displaying these revolting
displays. Yet, the German courts, including the Court of Appeals, refused to
order the removal of these hate inspired carvings.
The conclusion any reasonable
person must entertain is that hatred of Jews is as much a part of German culture
as speaking the German language, driving automobiles, or drinking beer. Culture,
or the man made environment, is continued from generation to generation for
centuries. There is little chance that Germany will ever become a country
without Christian hate of all believers in Judaism.
It is therefore difficult to understand how numerous Russian Jews and others have moved into Germany during the last fifty years. These Jews are at great risk to be slaughtered again whenever a depression or other difficulty should produce another Hitler to carry on the most cherished German tradition - the persecution of the Jews.
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including The American Jewish Community in the 20th and 21st Century (2021).