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Wise Attacks Anti-semitism of the Passion Play

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise chose as the text of his sermon on Sunday at the Free Synagogue at Carnegie Hall the anti-Semitic implications of the Passion Play at Oberammergau, and referred to it as a “play that is like a poisonous influence on the hundreds of thousands of Christians who use it, bringing the confirmation of every prejudice, the deepening of every bitterness and the justification of every manner of ill-will against the Jews….

“Only when Christians cease teaching that the Jews killed Jesus, and teach instead that Jesus and His disciples were all Jews, will true good-will be obtained among Gentile and Jew.”