This chapter discusses the historical background of the Jewish self-hatred based on Theodor Lessing's book Jewish Self-Hatred published in 1930. It suggests that self-hatred is easily more aroused when an individual or group can be singled out as an identifiable minority. Lessing suggests that the characteristic Jewish tendency toward self-accusation may be attributed to the attitude toward everyday life that the Jewish people have displayed ever since it was forged with the covenant at Sinai.
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