Hitler's Final Solution
In due course, Jews were denied education, the right to practice the professions, the right to "Christian" names, access to the public streets, communication with the non-Jewish population (Hilberg 5). At the same time they were compelled to call attention to their "Jewishness" by carrying specially marked passports and ID cards, marking their addresses with a star of David, and wearing armbands, belts, and badges with the star on them.

There was nothing particularly new about these measures as far as European culture was concerned. Hilberg (6-8ff) explains the laws with reference to similar restrictions that had been placed on Jews by the Catholic Church from the Christian era through the Middle Ages. Wistrich locates roots of antisemitism as far back as the pre-Christian Diaspora. The controlling argument is that, the Jews' deliberate dissociation from dominant society, social cohesion, and Judaism's "religiously sanctioned exclusiveness" fostered social and cultural hostility in pre-Christian times and was aggravated by theological competition over the messianic character of Jesus from the Christian period onward. The secular revolt against Christianity did not resolve but rather aggravated hostility to Judaism's persistent spirituality from one point of view, or to a rationalist/revolutionary Jewish critique of prevailing Christian society f

 
 
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