“On the jews and their lies”


“On the jews and their lies”
   Written by Martin Luther in 1543, “On the Jews and Their Lies” attacked Jews as the sworn enemy of Christianity. In this vituperative essay, Luther states that “With their accursed usury they hold us and our property captive.
   . . . Worse than that, they mock and deride us because we work an d let them play the role of lazy squires at our expense and in our land. Thus they are our masters and we are their servants, with our property, our sweat, and our labor.” Elsewhere in the essay, Luther’s final solution to the Jewish question is “to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. . . . I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed” and that the Jews themselves “be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies.
   . . . I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies cursing, and blasphemy are taught be taken from them. . . . I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb.” It is not surprising that a number of scholars who studied the roots of the Holocaust would find a direct line from Luther to Adolf Hitler.
   See also Kristallnacht.

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