chapter  23
Europe, the Jews, and the Book
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The profanation of the tombs and the displaying of a corpse torn out of its coffin on a stake in the Jewish cemetery of Carpentras say something specific: after the Shoah the Jews have no right to their dead or to the memory of their dead. There is a long tradition of the profanation of Jewish cemeteries in Europe. The “final solution” martyred and killed millions of Jews for no political reason, but it also made them disappear, and it tried to erase all trace of the annihilation.