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    This is a very well researched and argued counterpoint to the dominant narrative of Jews as helpless and blameless victims throughout history Lindemann shows how anti Semitism was the result of competition with Gentile host communities that freuently led to conflict rather than the mobs of ignorant peasants motivated by simple religious hatred or xenophobia Far from being hapless Jews played an active and oversized role in intell

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    DISINGENUOUS DISHONEST EXECRABLE PIECE OF “SCHOLARSHIP”Like Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Lindemann comes to bury anti Semitism not to praise it Yet he finds it necessary to devote than 500 pages to documenting the hackneyed proposition that mundane as well as ideational causes played a role in the ebb and flow

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    I was looking forward to reading this after having been told about some of the book's revelations by an eager reader eg J'Ac

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    An attempt to explain the persistence of antisemitism as a reaction to Jewish behavior The author was not convin

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Esau's Tears Modern Anti Semitism and the Rise of the Jews

Esau's Tears explores the rise of modern racial political anti Semitism in Europe and the United States Previous histories have been concerned with description than analysis and most have lacked balance The evidence prese. This is a very well researched and argued counterpoint to the dominant narrative of Jews as helpless and blameless victims throughout history Lindemann shows how anti Semitism was the result of competition with Gentile host communities that freuently led to conflict rather than the mobs of ignorant peasants motivated by simple religious hatred or xenophobia Far from being hapless Jews played an active and oversized role in intellectual and political life which forced them to grapple with the uestions of assimilation Zionism and utopian ideologies of democracy and socialism My only complaint and reason for giving it only 3 stars is that the book can be very dry and unengaging at times it s definitely not for the dilettante

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Nted in this volume suggests that anti Semitism in these years was ambiguous than usually presented less pervasive and central to the lives of both Jews and non Jews and by no means clearly pointed to a rising hatred of J. DISINGENUOUS DISHONEST EXECRABLE PIECE OF SCHOLARSHIP Like Marc Antony in Shakespeare s Julius Caesar Lindemann comes to bury anti Semitism not to praise it Yet he finds it necessary to devote than 500 pages to documenting the hackneyed proposition that mundane as well as ideational causes played a role in the ebb and flow of anti Semitism Why bother especially since Lindemann himself acknowledges the general currency of this view and the overall and recently much enhanced sophistication of the field of Holocaust studies Instead of fastening onto the shortcomings of earlier inferior scholarship wouldn t it be productive to engage with the best and raise its standards yet higher Not to Lindemann for obvious reasons Lindemann needs the pretext of documentation to engage in what is clearly for him the pleasurable exercise of repeating any scurrilous anti Semitic claims musings and rants that suit him while himself remaining camouflaged as a disinterested scholar He purports to arrive at a nuanced understanding of anti Semitism but his analysis rarely rises beyond the Jews can be annoying variety With breathtaking naivete he demonstrates how reasonable anti Semitism could be by asserting that many anti Semites were of first rate abilities and worldly success But do Wagner s musical gifts success or even intelligence make him any less crude or susceptible to petty envies and paranoia Lindemann acknowledges but fails to analyze the SELECTIVITY of all sorts of isms particularly isms directed against other groups Misogynists xenophobes racists anti Americans all can give you perfectly rational and not always ill informed reasons for their distrust fear or loathing What they cannot do successfully is empathize with their subjects or allow discordant facts to interfere with their emotional antipathy The uestion that must STILL be answered is this when faced with the same stimuli why do some people respond chiefly with envy resentment fear and loathing and others with admiration curiosity or indifference Consider too that antipathies can be just as easily produced by positive as negative traits and actions Many among the less literate and harder drinking Romanians had reason to take umbrage at Jews who spurned their company but why did some Germans lash out at the disproportionate role of Jewish women in launching volunteer welfare organizations for veterans etc If any conspicuous behaviors provide stimuli for anti Semitism then how much explanatory power do such causes of anti Semitism really have At the very least such stimuli deserve far analysis than Lindemann gives them Worse than the author s superficiality is his serpentine use of innuendo to cast aspersions on Jews where the evidence is too weak to merit an outright statement of fact Thus Lindemann raises the possibility that German Jews were draft dodgers in World War I They undoubtedly had greater resources material and intellectual if they wanted to avoid frontline service True Mr Lindemann the opportunities were there but why flatly assert that the evidence is elusive when numerous reputable studies by Jewish and non Jewish scholars have documented Jewish overrepresentation among German draftees and among those earning purple hearts If you have credible evidence to the contrary let s see it but let s not cast unwarranted aspersions Lindemann also asks but does not answer the uestion The Red Terror A Jewish Terror He notes on the one hand that Kiev s Cheka was preponderantly Jewish and leading Bolsheviks were disproportionately Jewish On the other the Soviet wide Cheka was disproportionately and uite intentionally drawn from many other ethnic minorities as well Soviet Jews were overwhelmingly hostile to Bolshevism the largest numbers being social democrats countless Jews were persecuted by Bolsheviks and the Jewish Bolsheviks tended to come from backgrounds atypical of most Jews So what Lindemann should have had the integrity either to answer the uestion he posed or better yet the decency to recognize the uestion for the inflammatory nonsense that it is When it suits him however Lindemann can be overcautious He finds that determining Stalin s real attitude toward Jews is difficult citing only Vaksberg as making the most insistent read unpersuasive case when in fact dozens of reputable authors have backed up similar assertions with ample evidence Incidentally in another work Lindemann had no trouble ascertaining that a certain Southern judge was free of the taint of anti Semitic feeling At times Lindemann rises from the safety of innuendo and omission to outright defamation fueled by his own peculiar selectivity He baldly declares that Jews did not have deep and genuine roots in German culture Is Heine thus less German than Thomas Mann with his part Portuguese mother and Rudolf Virchow with his Slavic antecedents And what if we discovered that these two luminaries had Jewish ancestors Would their deep German roots suddenly wither away Lindemann callously and unconvincingly blames certain Jews for Gentile indifference to Jewish suffering After WWI the temptation of some Jews to exaggerate or even make up atrocity stories had inured a number of observers to the charges of wailing Jews His facile assertion that Christian intolerance derives from intolerant Jewish monotheism effaces the differences between Christian orthoDOXy and Jewish orthoPRAXy a distinction that explains why Talmudic and Karaite Jews did not crusade against each other s heresies Lindemann also chides certain Jewish authors for churning out morality tales rather than mature scholarship But in the end Lindemann can t resist a bit of unseemly moralizing himself Jewish separatism rankles him notwithstanding the fact that most American Jews today marry out He seems galled that Jews are not say Swedes who as Ake Dauw tells us perceive Swedish tradition as a meaningless jumble of pleasant but superficial folklore Can Lindemann forgive Jews for finding greater meaning in their traditions just as Americans find greater meaning in their nationality than most of the world s people Perhaps not Much of his book betrays a petty nose thumbing desire to take Jews down a notch Finally still professing his purity of heart Lindemann concludes that Jews bear some of the blame for past and future anti Semitism Think of the sleepless nights he must have endured agonizing over this conclusion

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Ews everywhere even less to the likelihood of mass murder Hatred of Jews was not as mysterious or incomprehensible as often presented but may be related to the differing perceptions of the rise of the Jews in modern times. I was looking forward to reading this after having been told about some of the book s revelations by an eager reader eg J Accuse contained as many lies as truths Dreyfus was not targeted for anti Semitic reasons and so on In fact this book is a bit of a snooze The author characterizes the situations in various countries through sweeping generalizations then refuses to admit whether those generalizations are really true or not For example I think it would have been interesting if the author went into detail about why he concludes that prominent figures such as Disraeli von Treitschke and Dreyfus were strange and eccentric I m the sort of person who is intrigued by claims of weirdness but the author doesn t justify his claims strongly enough to hold my interest The titular story of Esau and Jacob which would make for fascinating historiography is treated in a similarly sweeping and vague wayI do appreciate the bold approach of trying to integrate Jewish and anti Semitic perspectives together in a single book but the result is not bold at all Three stars because the depth of research is decent and noteworthy

  • Paperback
  • 600
  • Esau's Tears Modern Anti Semitism and the Rise of the Jews
  • Albert S. Lindemann
  • English
  • 28 September 2018
  • 9780521795388