Archbishop Robert Runcie has asserted that: "Without centuries of Christian antisemitism, Hitler's passionate hatred would never have been so fervently echoed...because for centuries Christians have held Jews collectively responsible for the death of Jesus. On Good Friday Jews, have in times past, cowered behind locked doors with fear of a Christian mob seeking 'revenge' for deicide. Without the poisoning of Christian minds through the centuries, the Holocaust is unthinkable."
Known as the Tower of Faces this three-story tower displays photographs from the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection. Taken between 1890 and 1941 in Eishishok, a small town in what is now Lithuania, they describe a vibrant Jewish community that existed for 900 years. In 1941, an SS mobile killing squad entered the village and within two days massacred the entire Jewish population.
(Saint) Justin Martyr charged that the Jews crucified Christ in the highest pitch of their wickedness. It was during this time (150 A.D.) that the first encounter with Replacement Theology was embraced where the church replaced the Jews as God's chosen people. The seeds of Jew hatred were planted, and two millenia of antisemitism would follow.
1391 Seville, Spain. Archbishop Martinez lead the killing of 4,000 Jews. 25,000 Jews were sold as slaves. Their identification was made easy by the brightly colored "badges of shame" that all Jews above the age of ten had been forced to wear. 600 years later Hitler would enforce the same ruling.
The Father of Protestantism, Martin Luther, a man Hitler and many Nazi's idolised, wrote a book called "Concerning the Jews and Their Lies: "What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt.... And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians..."
In the 1520s, hundreds of Bibles, the first copies printed in English, were burned by the Roman Catholic Bishop of London. It was illegal to own and those who had copies faced execution. The Bibles were confiscated and burned by Roman authorities. The whole printing was bought up by the church and burned in St. Paul's by Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall.