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Rise of Anti-semitism Inspired Bergson to Remain a Jew, His Will Reveals

Extracts from the testament of Henri Bergson, noted French philosopher, published here today by his widow, reveal that the rising tide of anti-Semitism kept him from becoming converted to Catholicism.

In his will Bergson wrote: “My thoughts brought me more and more closer to Catholicism, wherein I saw the achievements of Judaism. I would have become converted had I not seen in preparation for many years a formidable wave of anti-Semitism which was sweeping over the world. I decided to remain among those who could be persecuted.”