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This is the introductory chapter of the book "The Tragic Couple": Encounters Between Jews and Jesuits. It presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized. The first part of the book focuses on a new paradigm for perceiving Jesuit-converso encounters in early modern Portugal and the move toward a positive relationship. Part two discusses the suppression of the Society of Jesus and Jewish emancipation, Jesuit influence on Italian Jewish culture and relation between Jesuits and Jews in China. Part three investigates how images and articles do in fact seek to portray a connection between priests, Jews, and communists. The final part deals with French conflicts, Italian struggles, and American contrasts in relations between Jews and Jesuits. It depicts the most complex and intense relations between Jesuits and Jews in the 20th century, before, during, and following the Holocaust.

Keywords: American contrasts; China; communists; Holocaust; Italian struggles; Jesuits; Jews; Portugal; Society of Jesus



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