Antisemitism and Catholicism in the Interwar Period

The Jesuits in Austria, 1918–1938


  • David Lebovitch Dahl


Austrian Jesuits, antisemitism, Holocaust, anti-Jewish tradition


The paper examines the attitudes of the Austrian Jesuits to antisemitism in the interwar period. This question is highly relevant for the study of antisemitism and the Holocaust, because of the strong influence of Catholicism within Austrian society and the prominent role played by Austrians in the Holocaust. The scientific literature has argued that the Austrian context was of central importance to the formation of both antisemitic and anti-antisemitic views among Catholics. However, the dynamics and internal nuances within high ecclesiastical circles have remained understudied. The present research indicates the permanence of an entrenched anti-Jewish tradition as well as the start of a novel reconsideration of this very tradition within the Jesuit Order in Austria. By analyzing tensions in the positions of the Austrian Jesuits, this research contributes to a better understanding of the continuity and rupture in antisemitism in Austria in the period immediately prior to the Holocaust.




How to Cite

Dahl, David Lebovitch. 2019. “Antisemitism and Catholicism in the Interwar Period: The Jesuits in Austria, 1918–1938”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 3 (1):104-14.