Anti-semitism: A History and Psychoanalysis of Contemporary Hatred

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Psychology - 303 pages

In the summer of 2006, the author received a message that read, Love the Nazis, and KILL THE JEWS DEAD. And that was the trigger that launched internationally known scholar Falk into work on this book. Anti-Semitism has once again become a worldwide phenomenon, growing largely during the last decade of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st. Among the spurs for this are the migration of Muslim populations and the ongoing Israeli-Arab wars. In this far-reaching and comprehensive volume, Falk delves deeply into the current events, history, and literature on anti-Semitism, integrating insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and political science. The result is an absorbing exploration of one of the oldest scourges of humanity, spotlighting the irrational and unconscious causes of anti-Semitism.

In the summer of 2006, the author received a message that read, Love the Nazis, and KILL THE JEWS DEAD. And that was the trigger that launched internationally known scholar Avner Falk into work on this book. Anti-Semitism has once again become a worldwide phenomenon, growing largely during the last decade of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first. Among the spurs for this are migration of Muslim populations and the ongoing Israeli-Arab wars. In this far-reaching and comprehensive volume, Falk delves deeply into the current events, history and literature on anti-Semitism, integrating insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and political science. The result is an absorbing exploration of one of the oldest scourges of humanity, spotlighting the irrational and unconscious causes of anti-Semitism.

This book also features chapters on the psychodynamics of racism, fascism, Nazism, and the dark, tragic, and unconscious processes, both individual and collective, that led to the Shoah. Holocaust denial and its psychological motives, as well as insights into the physical and psychological survival strategies of Holocaust survivors, are explored in depth. There are also chapters on scientific anti-Semitism including eugenics.

 

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Contents

Jewhatred Judeophobia and AntiJudaism
1
Eugenics Racism and Genocide
11
Some Aspects of the History of AntiSemitism
25
Modern Judeophobia
37
Modern and Contemporary AntiSemitism
47
Sigmund Freud and AntiSemitism
67
Evil Racism and AntiSemitism
81
Psychological AntiSemitism
99
Psychoanalytic Studies of Nazism
139
Holocaust Denial Disguised as Historical Revision
151
Jewish Scholars and the Holocaust
159
Contemporary AntiSemitism
167
Jean Améry Simon Wiesenthal Leon Wieslicer
179
Related Issues
193
Conclusion
203
References and Bibliography
205

Psychoanalytic AntiSemitism
109
Nazi AntiSemitism and the Holocaust
129

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About the author (2008)

AVNER FALK is an internationally known Israeli scholar in the fields of psychohistory and political psychology. He trained in Clinical Psychology at the Hebrew University and practiced psychotherapy for 25 years before becoming a fulltime independent scholar. He has authored six previous books.

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