Hans Jansen (theologian)

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Johannes "Hans" Gerardus Bernardus Jansen (born August 25, 1931 in Groenlo ; † May 8, 2019 in Heusden ) was a Dutch former Roman Catholic priest and now a Reformed theologian .


Jansen studied philosophy, history and theology.

From 1990 to 2001 he held the James William Parkes Chair for the “History of Christian Literature on Judaism and the Jews” at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. Since 2002 he has worked for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Brussels, where he gives lectures on alleged Islamization and the globalization of European hatred of Jews and on the place of Judaism in the great philosophical systems.

Work and opinion

He is also the author of the standard work Christelijke theologie na Auschwitz ("Christian Theology after Auschwitz"), which denounces the theological and ecclesiastical roots of anti-Semitism. He also wrote two books in which he tried to show that Pope Pius XII. and the Roman Catholic Church provided structural assistance to the persecuted Jews. In 2005 he wrote (addressed to the political and spiritual leaders in Europe) the essay “Education of Palestinian Autonomy Encourages Holy War against Israel” (Publication by Christians for Israel International) and “The Palestinian Authority's educational system incites holy war against Israel “(Edition of the European Coalition for Israel).

He is known for his opinion that political and spiritual leaders in Europe are doing everything they can to systematically hide or downplay "ubiquitous anti-Semitism in the Middle East". It should be noted that Jansen also regards the Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation as a form of anti-Semitism. Because of his pro-Israel activities, he received the 2005 Israel Prize of the World Zionist Organization . In 2010 Jansen published a study on Desiderius Erasmus's view of the Jews. Erasmus had been clearly negative towards the Jews and had also turned against the increasing interest in their language, Hebrew. According to Jansen, this does not fit the traditional image of this humanist as an advocate of tolerance. In October 2015 his book Waarom mag Israël niet bestaan ​​in het Midden-Oosten? (“Why can't Israel exist in the Middle East?”) This new book, which describes almost everything as anti-Semitism, is eighty percent identical to the 2006 book “From Hatred of Jews to Suicide Terrorism”. The twenty percent, which is no longer included in his new book, contained differentiated accounts such as protests by Arabs against anti-Semitism and denial of the Holocaust, positive quotes from the Koran about Jews and the fact that Jews had better living conditions under Islamic rule than under Christian governments. Nor is there any reference to the political roots of the conflict and the consequences of European anti-Semitism that has been passed on to the Palestinians, as well as to Israeli policy towards the Occupied Territories.

Identical names

Hans Jansen is often confused with the Arabist Hans Jansen .


  • Christelijke theologie na Auschwitz. three parts, 1980–1985
  • Diagnosis of racisme en antisemitisme in Europe. Sdu Uitgeverij Koninginnegracht; The Hague 1994, ISBN 90-12-06697-2
  • Christelijke oorsprong van racist jodenhaat. Kok-Kampen 1995, ISBN 90-242-2346-6
  • De zwijgende paus? Protest of Pius XII en zijn medewerkers tegen de jodenvervolging in Europe. Kok-Kampen 2000, ISBN 90-242-8529-1
  • Pius XII - chronology of een onophoudelijk protest. Kok, Kampen 2003, ISBN 90-435-0736-9
  • Onderwijs van Palestijnse Autoriteit moedigt aan dead holy oorlog against Israël. Chai-Pers, Nijkerk 2005, ISBN 90-73632-16-1
  • Van jodenhaat naar zelfmoordterrorisme. Uitg. Groen, Heerenveen 2006, ISBN 90-5829-622-9
  • Protest van Erasmus against renaissance van Hebreeuwse literatuur. Jongbloed, Heerenveen 2010, ISBN 978-90-5829-961-1
  • What does Israel like niet bestaan ​​in het Midden-Oosten? Jongbloed, Heerenveen 2015, ISBN 978-90-8897-109-9

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. In Memoriam: Historicus Hans Jansen (1931-2019) brought eeuwenoud kerkelijk antisemitisme in kaart , Nederlands Dagblad , May 11, 2019