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What are the text and subtext of this 1949 Soviet cartoon?

Although the whole anti-"rootless cosmopolitan" campaign is now widely accepted as being antisemitic in nature, at the time it was framed as being directed against people who "lack patriotism and ...
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What defined a Jew in the context of WW2?

The "classification" of Jews in Nazi Germany (and occupied territories) was governed by the Nuremberg laws and based on "heritage." Basically, someone with no Jewish grandparents was considered non-...
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How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?

The right response is to laugh at it. I don't think this can or should be directly rebutted. Arguing details of a theory that is that far from the mainstream implicitly puts it on equal logical ...
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Nuremberg Laws - Did they affect existing marriages between Jews and Non-Jews?

It is very rare for new laws to apply retroactively, even Hitler's Nuremberg Laws. In this case, the prohibition of mixed marriages did not apply to couples who were already married. However, as the ...
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Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?

Decided to do some research to try to provide an answer to this question. I found three documented cases where an Arab leader used the term "Drive Jews into the sea" or talked about large scale ...
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Jewish Slave Owners in the United States

There is some truth to the claims, but the numbers are extremely prima facie distorted. Especially since they are (apparently) given in terms of "households", with no immediately obvious method by ...
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Did the Soviet Union hand over thousands of Jews to the Nazis in the spirit of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact?

Short Answer No - the Soviets did not hand over thousands and thousands of Jews to the Nazis before the outbreak of World War II. The claim is inaccurate. The pact was signed by Molotov (seated) ...
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What would the Arch of Titus have looked like painted?

Last year, a team headed by Steve Fine of the Yeshiva University Center for Israeli Studies in New York which had been examining portions of the arch since 2012 announced: High resolution three-...
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Why was the "Cave of the Patriarchs" forbidden to Jews?

The ban occurred during Mamluk period. The specifics of why are unclear in the wiki entry but the Jewish Virtual Library helpfully suggests that it's because they turned the location into a Mosque. ...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany?

The Jews were largely exiled from 'Judea' which Romans then renamed 'Palestina' in 132CE by the Romans, after a rebellion against Roman rule. They dispersed into the Roman Empire, and gradually spread ...
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Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?

What Arab plans can be inferred from three classes of sources: (1) Pre-war statements to the Arab population with promises that all would share in the booty of Jewish property won by the Arab Legion ...
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How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?

What are you trying to rebut, that the plaque changed, or that the number of deaths is uncertain? Maybe the plaque originally stated the estimated number killed total, but now it just refers to the ...
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Why is the Arch of Titus not considered to be anti-Semitic?

Probably because, unlike many other acts in the ancient eastern Mediterranean (perhaps dating back to the antisemitic attitudes expressed by Manetho in the 3rd century BC), the motivation behind the ...
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Nazism and Jewish persecution awareness during the WW2 years

Germany isn't alone in having committed a genocide. Sadly, this is normal human behavior. However, the Shoah is probably is the best documented case, having occurred smack dab in the middle of the ...
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When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?

Wikipedia - Siege of Jerusalem All of the contemporary records, whether Hebrew or otherwise, rely on regnal dating systems. There are two points of confusion, particularly when dating the reigns of ...
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Solzhenitsyn's History of Russian Jews

I am a Russian speaker who read the book, and many reviews of this book. Most reviews label it as anti-semitic. Its main point is to justify or acquit all Russian actions with respect to the Jews. And ...
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How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?

Easy. At the Nuremberg trials the holocaust was one of the indictments. None of the defendants pretended that the holocaust had not happened, because this was not credible, and they didn't want to ...
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What are the text and subtext of this 1949 Soviet cartoon?

1949 was a bad year to be a communist or nomenklatura. Apart from the Rajk trials of national development line communists in the new soviet-style societies, there was the Leningrad affair and ...
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Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?

In general, I would be very wary of claims that Akhenaten's religion was a significant influence on early Judaism. There is, however, one very famous link that is often claimed between Akhenaten and ...
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Jewish Slave Owners in the United States

Short Answer: Jewish southerners did not differ from other white southerners in their rates of slave ownership. Long Answer: Because the U.S. Census does not record religious affiliation, all figures ...
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After Jesus was executed what became of Pontius Pilate

The best and most accessible recent historical account I know of for the historical Pilate is Reza Aslan's Zealot*. Here's a portion of what he wrote near the beginning of Chapter 5 of Pilate's story ...
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Participation of Jewish Red Army Soldiers in Rape/Atrocities in Germany?

You may have read this in Antony Beevor's book The Fall of Berlin 1945 where he writes: And a wide range of anecdotal evidence indicates that Red Army officers who were Jewish went out of their ...
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How much were Jews allowed to take with them from Nazi Germany?

Is this indeed a discrepancy, or am I misunderstanding the article? You are misunderstanding the situation, since the article is mixing multiple laws that changed over time. Currency restrictions (...
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How did the Emperor Titus die?

SHORT ANSWER The most widely accepted view among scholars is that Titus died a natural death. He had a fever which may have been caused by malaria (note that its relationship to mosquitos was unknown ...
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How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?

They are using "The Auschwitz Gambit: The Four Million Variant" The argument, "Hey, if the number of deaths on the plaque at A decreases, then the estimates of the total number of Jews killed needs ...
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What was it like for German Jews after WWII?

To talk about numbers, one has to talk about the definitions first. The Nazi definition of Jews was racist drivel, but it is relevant because it guided their persecutions. Counting the members in ...
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Are there non-Biblical references to collecting foreskins?

The practice of Circumcision was by no means unknown in ancient Egypt, although I'm not sure how widely it was used. A parallel to the Israelite practice of collecting the foreskins of slain enemies ...
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What do we currently know about the ethnic origins of Jews?

Being awfully broad as it is, it is nevertheless an issue that might be addressable. But the terminology needs to be clearer. "Jews", in our modern sense, sprang into existence only after 70 ...
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What was the point of the Babylonian captivity?

Just like the better researchable Assyrians the Neo-Babylonians employed this as a proven tool to assert their control of the conquered lands and the remaining people there. Once the head of the snake ...
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