Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg: “Since the fourth century after Christ there have been three anti-Jewish policies: [forced] conversion, expulsion, annihilation. The second appeared as an alternative to the first, and the third emerged as an alternative to the second…The missionaries of Christianity has said in effect: You have no right to live amongst us as Jews. The secular rulers who followed proclaimed: You have no right to live amongst us. The Nazis at last decreed: You have no right to live.”
“Jacob’s Relief” is a reaction to the truth of Hilberg’s insight.