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Two Thousand Years of Antisemitism: From the Canonical Laws to the Present Day

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During the Visigothic period (4th and 5th centuries), there was a similar phenomenon to the forced conversion of the Jews to Christianity that occurred in Portugal in 1497. Physically, the Jews were characterized as having a "bad smell", which was a sign of their spiritual deterioration and biological evidence of a gradual dehumanization. The accusation that Jews are not human beings may be considered the most extreme example of all the cruel designations that were imposed on the Jews. From the 13th century onward, Jews were obliged to wear a badge on their clothes. and were forbidden to build new synagogues. This chapter does not explain the reason for this long hatred of the Jews, but shows that its Christian roots continued to exist in the Nazi period and that similarities can still be found in modernity.

Keywords: canonical laws; Christianity; Jews; Nazi period; Portugal; Visigothic period



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