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This introductory chapter provides an overview of In Alsace in the book The Lure of Anti-Semitism: Hatred of Jews in Present-Day France. Alsace is at the heart of the European history of the Jews, as it is of anti-Semitism. Alsace has a considerable population of foreign origin, especially Turkish and North African, and Islam is well established there. The anti-Semitism we witness in Alsace has dimensions which are specific to it. While the region may not have the monopoly on the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, it is obviously a pioneer in this respect, and has been for some time, and it is still the scene of the most numerous and most frequent desecrations. Alsace is therefore an intriguing region and one where we have to differentiate between what is exceptional and what is banal in its experience of anti-Semitism.

Keywords: Alsace; anti-Semitism; France; Islam; Jewish cemeteries



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