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In this meticulously researched, unflinching, and reasoned study, National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer presents shocking revelations about the role played by the Vatican in the development of modern anti-Semitism. Working in long-sealed Vatican archives, Kertzer unearths startling evidence to undermine the Church’s argument that it played no direct role in the spread of modern anti-Semitism. In doing so, he challenges the Vatican’s recent official statement on the subject, “We Remember.” Kertzer tells an unsettling story that has stirred up controversy around the world and sheds a much-needed light on the past.
“Important. . . . Fascinating. . . . [A] riveting piece of historical detective work.” —The New York Times
“Scrupulous....Significant and compelling.” —The Washington Post
“The material is dynamite.” —The [London] Times
“Popes Against the Jews...demolishes the findings of ‘We Remember’.” —Boston Globe
“This reviewer is grateful to Kertzer for having written such a compelling narrative. His thesis is shocking and disturbing.... An important book.” —The Irish Times
“Riveting.” —Toronto Globe and Mail
“Kertzer [has the] extraordinary ability to present the most painful, religiously radioactive material with a coolness that makes his findings...devastating....Its superb, meticulous scholarship is a benchmark by which other books on the subject must now be judged.” —The Forward
“[A] profoundly well-documented book....It is a work of brilliant narrative quality, an oppressive, unremitting and enraging report on what may be the most lethal period of official and quasi-official Catholic anti-Semitism.” —Providence Journal