Tracking the Jews

Ecumenical Protestants, conversion and the Holocaust

By Carolyn Sanzenbacher

Tracking the Jews
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  • ISBN: 9781526161291
  • Publish Date: Apr 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6129-1
    • Pages: 352
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: April 2024


    This book sheds light on an unprecedented Protestant conversion initiative for the global evangelisation of Jews. Founded in 1929, the International Committee on the Christian Approach to the Jews (ICCAJ) aimed to bring Jewish people to their 'spiritual destiny', a task it saw as both benevolent and essential for a harmonious society. By the time of Hitler's rise to power it was active in thirty-two countries, educating Protestant churches on the right Christian attitude towards Jews and antisemitism.

    Reconstructing the activities of the ICCAJ in the years before, during and immediately after the Holocaust, Tracking the Jews reveals how ideas disseminated through the organisation's discourse - 'Jewish problem', 'Jewish influence', 'Judaising threat', 'eternal Jew' - were used to rationalise, justify, explain or advance a number of deeply troubling policies. They were, for vastly different reasons, consciously used elements of argumentation in both Protestant conversionary discourse and Nazi antisemitic ideology.


    1 Conversion and the Jewish Problem: 1925-32
    2 In the shadows of response: 1933-6
    3 Antisemitism, refugees and war: 1937-9
    4 Voices and silences in war: 1940-4
    5 More than one guilt in the embers: 1945-8
    6 The Jews as a problem


    Carolyn Sanzenbacher is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Southampton's Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations

    Tracking the Jews

    By Carolyn Sanzenbacher

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