|Born||April 23, 1964|
|Occupation||Author, Software Developer|
|Notable works||Six Million Crucifixions|
Gabriel Wilensky (born April 23, 1964) is an American author, software developer and entrepreneur. He was born in Uruguay, where his Eastern-European grandparents had emigrated to before the Second World War. He is the author of the book Six Million Crucifixions (2010), which traces the history of antisemitism in Christianity and the role it played in the Holocaust.
Wilensky co-founded the software company Gryphon Software in the early 1990s. The company quickly became internationally known for the software product Morph, which introduced the computer graphics effect of morphing to widespread public use. Gryphon Software then developed a pioneering new line of edutainment products, the Activity Centers. Gryphon developed many products in that line, some of which used well-known characters from Disney, Warner/DC Comics, and others. The Activity Center line of products introduced video from the feature films and cartoons in the application, a remarkable technical accomplishment at that time. Gryphon was acquired by Cendant Software (then CUC International), a Fortune 500 company.
Wilensky contributed to the development of these various products in the areas of software and user interface design, product management, audio and video production and new research and development work on audio/video compression. His software was used to make some of the special effects of several feature films, such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) and others. Wilensky’s work was covered and showcased by print and television media around the world, and won numerous awards.
After Gryphon Software Wilensky worked on the development of other software products in the areas of user interface software for wireless devices, web site development, and TV broadcasting for mobile devices. Most recently he was responsible for the development of the GoPro software applications.
Research and writing Six Million Crucifixions
Wilensky spent years of research into the question of why the Holocaust happened. He used his technical background for a methodical study of the question and then wrote Six Million Crucifixions: How Christian Teachings About Jews Paved the Road to the Holocaust, published in 2009.
Six Million Crucifixions provides an account of the almost two-thousand-year-old Christian teaching of contempt for Jews, and argues that it was this relentless animosity and even hatred toward Jews and Judaism in predominantly Christian lands that laid the foundation on which racial antisemitism stood, and which eventually led to the Holocaust. As Holocaust scholar John K. Roth argued in the foreword of the book, “Absent Christianity, no Holocaust would have taken place.”
The book provides an account of how antisemitism developed from the very early days of the Christian movement into full-blown hatred by the time of the Crusades. Six Million Crucifixions shows how anti-Jewish sentiment stemmed out of Christian Scriptures and the teachings of the Church Fathers, until it became second-nature to European Christians. As Dr. Carol Rittner, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies at The Richard Stockton College wrote, “Too many of those hate-filled words had their origin in the Christian Scriptures and were uttered by Christian preachers and teachers, by Christians generally, for nearly two millennia.”
The book also describes the role of both the Catholic and Protestant churches in the period leading to and beyond the Second World War, and sharply criticizes the Catholic Church (in particular), as well as the Protestant churches for their lack of loud and clear objection to the extermination of the Jews, for the assistance some members of the clergy gave the Nazis in their persecution of the Jews and the help some members of the Vatican gave to people who should have been regarded as war criminals to escape justice after the war. As Holocaust scholar and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute Michael Berenbaum wrote, “Gabriel Wilensky’s Six Million Crucifixions is a powerful and passionate indictment of the Vatican for acts of omission and acts of commission.”
Six Million Crucifixions further presents material that he asserts could have been used for a potential indictment of any Christian clergy who may have been guilty of crimes of incitement and/or persecution against Jews before, during and after World War II, had the Allies pursued another international prosecution after the Nuremberg Trials.
- Two Software & Information Industry Association Codie Awards
- BYTE Magazine Award of Excellence
- UCSD Connect Most Innovative New Product Award
- Bronze Award in New Media Magazine’s InVision Contest
- Two MacUser Editor’s Choice Awards - Finalist
- Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation - Finalist
- Six Million Crucifixions: How Christian Teachings About Jews Paved the Road to the Holocaust, San Diego : QWERTY Publishers, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9843346-4-3
- Reiss, Fred (2010-08-28). "Was the Holocaust the legacy of the Church’s teachings?". San Diego Jewish World. (Book review)
- Breau, Elizabeth (2010-07-27). "Six Million Crucifixions". ForeWord Reviews. (Book review)
- Berman, Alann (July 2010). "2,000 Years in the Making". San Diego Jewish Journal. (Book review)
- San Diego Business Journal (1993-02-22). "Morphing: it's not just for Michael Jackson anymore. (Gryphon Software Corp.'s software package)". Entrepreneur Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Robi Zocher (1995-05-14). "Building Characters". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Leslie Helm (1996-01-31). "The Cutting Edge: COMPUTING / TECHNOLOGY / INNOVATION : That's Edutainment! : Disney Is Magic in the Kingdom of Kids' CD-ROM Software". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Business Wire (1996-05-28). "Gryphon Software signs agreement with HBO to develop series of interactive titles based on...". AllBusiness.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Elaine Underwood (1998-03-01). "EARNING IT; A Family's Survival In a Toyland Jungle". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Wilensky, Gabriel (2010). Six Million Crucifixions. San Diego, CA: QWERTY Publishers. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-9843346-4-3. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "Written note from the author.".
- "SIIA Codie Awards Past Winners". Software & Information Industry Association. 1993. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Mark Lewis (January 1996). "Innovative Products Awards – One Year Later". San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "1993 Discover Awards: Computer Software: Byte Your Toungues". DISCOVER Magazine. 1993-10-01. Retrieved 2011-04-08.