Archbishop Gröber Gives Anti-Semitic Good Friday Sermon, Describes Jews as Cursed Race

Archbishop Gröber Gives Anti-Semitic Good Friday Sermon, Describes Jews as Cursed Race

Archbishop Conrad Gröber of Freiburg
Source: Wikipedia

Archbishop Conrad Gröber of Freiburg delivers an anti-Semitic Good Friday sermon, comparing Jews to the Pharisees and describing them as a cursed race guilty of deicide.

According to Archbishop Gröber:

"As a driving force behind the Jewish legal power stood the aggressive toadyism and malevolent perfidy of the Pharisees. They unmasked themselves more than ever as Christ's arch-enemies, deadly enemies. ...

Their eyes were blindfolded by their prejudice and blinded by their Jewish lust for worldly dominion. ...The Pharisees' secret service had awakened the animal in [the crowd of Jews] through lies and slander, and it was eager for grisly excitement and blood. ...

All the sympathy of the Jews is hidden under barbaric rawness. The beast has smelled human blood and wants to slake its wild-burning thirst with it. ...At the same time the insane but truthful self-curse of the Jews screams: His blood come upon us and our children! The curse has been frightfully fulfilled. Unto this present day."

Gröber wrote similar things in a pastoral letter a few weeks prior. This sort of rhetoric and the accusation of deicide have been standard features of Christian discourse about the Jews for centuries.

This will also play an important role in Christian acquiescence to the Holocaust because many will interpret the murder of Jews to be the fulfillment of exactly this "self-imposed curse."


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