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Who Jews Blame: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen and others don't speak for Jews when they blame Christians for the sins of their ancestors

David Klinghoffer

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David Klinghoffer disagrees with his fellow Jews who blame Christians for the alleged sins of the past. Klinghoffer speaks of the controversy concerning Pope Pius XII and the treatment of the Jews during WWII.

"I have in mind a group of people whose forbearers did something terribly wrong. These persons, living today, themselves may never have committed any crimes, but still we hold them responsible for what was done many years ago."

If somebody said a thing like this to you, would you think he was an anti-Semitic Christian speaking about an act committed by Jewish people in the year 33 -- turning Jesus over to the Romans for execution -- for which the race of "Christ-killers" stills bears guilt? Or would you think he was a Jew speaking about Christians? If you thought he was a celebrated Jewish historian, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, you'd be on the right track. The words I've quote aren't his, but the sentiment is.

For the complete article go to the National Review Online website.



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