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Persecutions of Jews
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[German Version]

I. Antiquity

The persecution of Jews is a matter of measures and action directed against Jews and Judaism and intended to limit or destroy the foundations of Jewish life. The spectrum of anti-Jewish actions ranges from legal discrimination and prohibition of the practice of Jewish religion to expulsions and violent attacks on life and limb. As a rule, the term applies only to Jews living as a minority in the Diaspora (II); it is inappropriate for military conflicts between the Jewish…

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Hoffmann, Christhard and Mentgen, Gerd, “Persecutions of Jews”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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