The Popes against the Jews

The Popes Against the Jews
The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
by David Kertzer
Alfred A Knopf, $27.95, 355 pp.

Two different though related books coexist uneasily within the covers of this volume by a Brown University historian, author of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (1997). The first is a compelling work of scholarship, based largely on David Kertzer’s extensive research in the Vatican’s own archives, documenting the church’s policy toward the Jews in the territories where it held temporal power, and especially in Rome, during the first two...

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About the Author

Marc Saperstein is Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at The George Washington University.