Antisemitism: The Rise Of The Populist Party

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Two current OU faculty members, Dr. Charles Kimball and Dr. Rhona Seidelman, presented over the topic of antisemitism on March 22, 2017. Dr. Kimball was the first to present and he began by discussing his current occupations (minister and professor) along with his family history. He grew up in Tulsa, OK with his grandfather and great grandfather were both Jewish and this fact exposed him antisemitism early on in life. From here he expanded upon the historical and theological relationships between Christianity and Judaism. Gospels such as John promoted anti-Semitic views amongst Christians, which lead to horrendous acts throughout early Christianity, the middle ages, and into the Holocaust. The final event served as a point in which everything…show more content…
In the late 19th century the Populist party had antisemitism engrained within its ideology. They blamed the various issues, mainly financial, that certain members of this party were facing. Roughly thirty years after the height of this party’s anti-Semitic rhetoric, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan took place. This group was at the forefront of racist ideologies and instilled fear in millions, including those of Jewish descent. Prominent and powerful figures also carried anti-Semitic views. One of the most notable that we discussed in class was Henry Ford. His views were so extreme that he even wrote a newspaper in one of his automobile factories, which blamed the Jewish people for the issues occurring during this time and the degradation of American tradition. Ford’s mindset and actions were not without consequence though. The German leader Adolf Hitler used these magazines to fuel his own ideas and propaganda. He is of course the mastermind behind the largest and arguably the most appalling form of antisemitism, the Holocaust. During World War II, Hitler enacted a plan to exterminate the Jewish people within Europe. By the time the war was over millions of Jewish people had sadly died and repercussions are still being felt today. I want to note that in our current state of political affairs that there has been a rise in antisemitism. We need to address the acts regarding this hateful mindset soon before there is any chance of growth within this
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