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    • Konrad Yona Riggenmann
    • 30.10.13 | 13:03 (IST)

    Perhaps a merciful Haaretz staff will allow me to defend against insults this time. Dear Mr. O.! The connection between crucifixion, circumcision and anti-Judaism was shown in the study “Judenbilder” (Jew-images) published by Jewish scholar Stefan Rohrbacher and Michael Schmidt, and showed up in various accusations of ritual murder, for instance in the case of Little Simon in Trento 1475 ending with the extermination of Trento’s Jewish males. You deem me “ignorant” about the “non-importance of religion in Europe”? I happen to have lived in Germany for 58 years. Anyhow, what counts concerning Jew-hate is not the question whether an adult is member of a Church but what images he took up and stored in childhood. How children learn to hate the Jewish tormenters at images of good Jesus' crucifixion was described by Danish Protestant Soren Kierkegaard in 1850 and Austrian Catholic Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi in 1935, to no avail since mainstream people are always quick in classifying things they don’t get as “rubbish”. As to the European court’s legalization of state-ordered classroom crucifixes, it was already taken as a juridical standard in 2012 in a Swiss case of objection against a classroom-cross. By the way: In my last German eighth-grade classroom I had two neo-nazists. At any rate the boys were more polite and wouldn’t tell the world that their old Jewish teacher is talking rubbish.

    from the article: Europe's shudder at circumcision
    First published 17:24 20.10.13 | Last updated 17:24 20.10.13
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