Antisemitism & The Book Thief

Antisemitism & The Book Thief
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  • Introduction
  • The Holocaust was one of the worst examples of a hate crime we have ever seen to this day. Striving to reduce hate speech and antisemitism could reduce hate crimes and acts of terrorism everywhere. 
  • According to FBI Hate Crime statistics, over 58.1% of hate crimes committed against a religious group are to Jewish people.  Recent events also show the amount of hatred towards the Jewish as well. In 2017, on of the chants during the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was, "The Jews will not replace us," as well as the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh just last year.
  • Narration
  • Antisemitism refers to the prejudice or hatred of people or anything related to the religion of Judaism.
  • Confirmation-Novel
  • Antisemitism is the reason that the Hubermanns are hiding Max in their basement The hatred towards the Jewish puts lots of Jewish shops out of business, leaving people with a few less amenities.
  • "I hate the Fuhrer, I hate him." (Zusak, 115)
  • Reducing and striving to end hate speech like antisemitism would decrease hate crime and terrorism, as well as create a friendlier environment for children to grow up in.
  • Confirmation-Research
  • " The World Jewish Congress (WJC) reported that a threatening, harassing, or insulting message aimed at Jews was posted online somewhere in the world every eighty-three seconds in 2016." (qtd. in Gale 1)
  • A lot of hate crimes and terror attacks in the United States are aimed at Jewish by antisemitists aiming to discourage and even eliminate Jewish people from their local communities or even just scare them as a whole.
  • Concession/Refutation
  • Some people may argue that making laws or forbidding the the hate speech or talk of the Jewish could infringe on the First Amendment.
  • In The Book Thief, the German government straight up encourages antisemitism among it's citizens, to where "the Jews were being terrorized at random throughout the country..."(Zusak, 181).
  • Conclusion
  • We, as a whole, need to encourage acceptance among each other and our beliefs if we want to stop the hate crimes and terrorism concerning not only the Jewish, but people of other religions and races
  • "Prejudice and discrimination toward Jews has existed for thousands of years, prompting some scholars to refer to antisemitism as 'history's longest hatred.'" (Gale, 1)
  • Protecting a single group does not mean infringing on the freedoms of all, for example, in England, where hate speech of any kind is untolerated and outlawed, violating on rights of freedom of speech.
  • That may be true, but no one is making laws that will infringe on the freedoms of free speech, all that's happening is dis-encouraging the spread of antisemitic ideals.
  • " To end antisemitism and its murderous fruits today and in the future, we must remember how all these struggles are tied together, and face them with open eyes, and with a commitment to... ...bending the arc of the moral universe towards a complete and universal peace and justice." (Sassaman, 1)
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