I found this article about Dostoevsky as an anti-Semite. I thought it was interesting that he, like Voltaire, expressed his anti-Semitism. However, he never admitted to being an anti Semite, perhaps out of guilt because of his Christian morals.
Today we talked about how Dostoevsky included characters in his works of literature that mirrored people in his life and his historical background. The article states that Dostoevsky was first exposed to Jews in Siberia during the eight years he spent there in exile. This quote is from Dostoevsky's "The Devils": "The Jews lived solely in expectation of the true God, and they left this true God to the world...A nation which loses faith is no longer a nation. But there is only one truth; consequently, only one nation can posses the true God...The sole "God bearing" nation is the Russian nation..." Dostoevsky's strong faith in the Orthadox religion led him to disdain Jews, but it is ironic that he criticizes Jews when he wrote abundantly about the human condition.
What do you all think?