Passion of Israel: Jacques Maritain, Catholic Conscience, and the Holocaust

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In his lifetime, French philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) achieved a reputation as both a leading Catholic intellectual and an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism. Here, historian Richard Francis Crane traces the development of Maritain's opposition toward anti-Semitism and analyzes the Catholic appreciation of Judaism that animated his stance. Crane probes the writings and teachings of Maritain - from before, during, and after the Holocaust - and illuminates how his ideas altered Christian perceptions of Jews and Judaism during his lifetime and continue to do so today.