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Are Christians responsible for the Holocaust?

August 11th, 2016 Posted by Ask the Rabbi 7 comments

Question:

I am Christian. But my Jewish friend lost most of his family during Hitler’s Holocaust. He firmly believes, Hitler notwithstanding, that it was the basic principles and practice of Christianity that set the stage for the Holocaust. Is there anything I can say to him? 
Thank you for reading and considering this question.

∼ James

Answer:

Dear James,

The first question you need to answer is whether your friend is dispassionately discussing history or emotionally explaining why he distrusts Christians and/or Christianity. The fact that you say, “Hitler notwithstanding,” suggests that he acknowledges that Hitler hated the Church only somewhat less than he hated Jews. The answer to that question will decide if and what you should say.  (more…)