Frederic Raphael

Escape to Liberty

Emancipation: How Liberating Europe’s Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance


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In the bestiaries of boobies, brutes, bishops and quite a few bien pensants, the Jews are literally bloody: as age succeeds to age, they are said to have killed Jesus, to make Passover matzos by tapping the blood of kidnapped Gentiles (usually infants) and to be prone to haemorrhoids (and tails). Move into the metaphorical register and they double – duplicity being their prime protean attribute – as capitalist bloodsuckers, revolutionary terrorists, Holocaust-fabricators and Zionist SS men. 

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