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Blood and BeliefThe Circulation of a Symbol between Jews and Christians$
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David Biale

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253049

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253049.001.0001

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Power In the Blood

Power In the Blood

The Medieval and the Modern in Nazi Anti-Semitism

(p.123) Chapter 4 Power In the Blood
Blood and Belief

David Biale

University of California Press

This chapter examines three discourses of blood that reached a crescendo in Nazi anti-Semitism but had their origins in earlier cultural and political formations. Der Stürmer's gutter anti-Semitism utilized several discourses of blood, discourses that both reinforced and competed with one another. These different discourses—and their interrelationships—may tell about the larger question of whether Nazi anti-Semitism represented a continuation or a disruption in the long and sorry history of anti-Jewish polemics. In addition to discussing languages of blood as they culminated in Nazi anti-Semitism, it also explores how these discourses have enjoyed a disturbing afterlife into our own time. The post-Holocaust discourse of blood pollution appears far less prevalent and can be found most significantly among white supremacist groups like the Aryan Nation, with its ideology of purifying the true, white Christianity from Jewish pollution.

Keywords:   Nazi anti-Semitism, Der Stürmer, anti-Jewish polemics, Holocaust, Aryan Nation

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