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Source: Martin Luther, “On the Jews and Their Lies”, 1543


I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Jews…

They are nothing but thieves and robbers who daily eat no morsel and wear no thread of clothing which they have not stolen from us by means of their accursed usury. My advice is this: First, their churches or synagogues should be set on fire… Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayerbooks and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies cursing and blasphemy are taught. Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more…Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to Jews… Sixly, they ought to be stopped from usury…they remain our daily murderers and bloodthirsty foes in their hearts. Their prayers and curses furnish evidence of that, as do the many stories which relate their torturing of children and all sorts of crimes for which they have often been burned at the stake or banished…let us apply the same cleverness (expulsion) as the other nations, such as France, Spain, Bohemia, etc. and drive them out of the country for all time…so that we may be free of this insufferable and devilish burden – the Jews.







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