MARTIN LUTHER SPEAKS ABOUT JEWS

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Martin Luther (Germany, 1483-1546) was one of the

most important Christian theologians who ever lived.

The 1992 Encyclopedia Americana dedicates

more than nine pages exclusively to him.

The Lutheran church (over 60 million members)

and hospitals are named in his honor.

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ON JEWISH LOYALTY:

"Know, O adored Christ, and make no mistake,

that aside from the Devil, you have no enemy more

venemous, more desperate, more bitter than a true

Jew who truly seeks to be a Jew...A Jew, a Jewish

heart, are hard as wood, as stone, as iron, as the

Devil himself. In short, they are children of the Devil,

condemned to the flames of hell."

ON INTERFAITH RELATIONS:

"Now whoever wishes to accept venemous serpents,

desperate enemies of the Lord, and to honor them, to

let himself be robbed, pillaged, corrupted, and cursed

by them, need only turn to the Jews. If this is not enough

for him, he can do more: crawl up to their ______ and

worship the sanctuary, so as to glorify himself afterward

for having been merciful, for having fortified the Devil and

his children, in order to blaspheme our beloved Lord and

the precious blood that has redeemed us. He will then

be a perfect Christian, filled with works of mercy, for

which Christ will reward him on the day of Judgement

with the eternal fire of hell (where he will roast together)

with the Jews."

ON JEWISH CIVIL RIGHTS:

"In truth, the Jews, being foreigners, should

possess nothing nothing, and what they do possess

should be ours."

ON JEWISH INTELLECT:

"...Cursed goy that I am, I cannot understand how

they manage to be so skillful, unless I think that when

Judas Iscariot hanged himself, his guts burst and

emptied. Perhaps the Jews sent their servants with

plates of silver and pots of gold to gather up Judas'

piss with the other treasures, and the ate and drank

his offal, and thereby acquired eyes so piercing that

they discover in Scriptures commentaries thae neither

Matthew nor Isaiah himself found there, not to mention

the rest of us cursed goyim..."

ON JEWISH THEOLOGY:

"O Lord, I am much too feeble to mock such devils.

I would do so, but they are much stronger in raillery,

and they have a God who is a past master in this art;

he is called the Devil, and the wicked spirit...They have

transformed God into the Devil, or rather into a servant

of the Devil, accomplishing all the evil the devil desires,

corrupting unhappy souls, and raging against himself!

In short, the Jews are worse than the devils."

ON CONVERTING JEWS:

"If I find a Jew to baptize, I shall lead him to the

Elbe bridge, hand a stone around his neck, and push

him into the water, baptizing him in the name of

Abraham!...I cannot convert the Jews. Our Lord Christ

did not succeed in doing so; but I can close their

mouths so that there will be nothing for them to so but

lie on the ground."

ON JEWISH RITUAL:

"I hope that I shall never be so stupid as to be

circumcised! I would rather cut off the left breast of

my Catherine and of all women!"

ON INTERFAITH TOLERANCE:

"What then shall we Christians do with this damned,

rejected race of Jews?

First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and

whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread

with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a

cinder of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of

God and of Christianity, in order that God may see that

we are Christians.

Secondly, their homes should be likewise broken

down and destroyed.

Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books

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..."

(NOTE: The Christian "New Testament" says: "You

Jews are children of the Devil and you follow his

lusts." -- The Book of JOHN, Chapter 8, verse 44.)

SOURCES:

Against the Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther

Schem Hamephoras by Martin Luther

The History of Anti-Semitism by Leon Poliakov

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FROM: The Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther

"They (the Jews) are the real liars and bloodhounds,

who have not only perverted and falsified the entire

Scriptures from beginning to end and without ceasing

with their interpretations. And all of the anxious sighing,

longing and hoping of their hearts is directed to the time

when some day they would like to deal with us heathen

as they dealt with the heathen in Persia at the time of

Esther... On how they love the book of Esther, which

so nicely agrees with their bloodthirsty, revengeful and

murderous desire and hope.

(1) The sun never did shine on a more bloodthirsty and

revengeful people as they, who imagine to be the people

of God, and who desire to and think they must murder

and crush the heathen. And the foremost undertaking

which they expect of their Messiah is that he should

slay and murder the whole world with the sword. As

they at first demonstrated against us Christians and

would like to do now, if they only could; have also tried

it often and have been repeatedly struck on their snouts...

Their breath stinks for the gold and silver of the heathen;

since no people under the sun always have been, still

are, and always will remain more avaricious than they,

as can be noticed in their cursed usury. They also find

comfort with this: "When the Messiah comes, He shall

take all the gold and silver in the world and distribute it

among the Jews.

(2) Thus, wherever they can direct Scripture to their

insatiable avarice, they wickedly do so.

Therefore know, my dear Christians, that next to the

Devil, you have no more bitter, more poisonous, more

vehement and enemy than a real Jew who earnestly

desires to be a Jew. There may be some among them

who believe what the cow or the goose believes.

But all of them are surrounded with their blood and

circumcision. In history, therefore, they are often

accused of poisoning wells, stealing children and

mutilating them; as in Trent, Weszensee and the like.

Of course they deny this. Be it so or not, however, I

know full well that the ready will is not lacking with

them if they could only transform it into deeds,

in secret or openly.

(3) A person who does not know the Devil, might

wonder why they are so at enemity with the Christians

above all others; for which they have no reason, since

we only do good to them.

They live among us in our homes, under our protection,

use land and highways, market and streets. Princes

and government sit by, snore and have their maws

open, let the Jews take from their purse and chest,

steal and rob whatever they will. That is, they permit

themselves and their subjects to be abused and

sucked dry and reduced to beggars with their own

money, through the usury of the Jews. For the Jews,

as foreigners, certainly should have nothing from us;

and what they have certainly must be ours.

They do not work, do not earn anything from us,

neither do we donate or give it to them. Yet they have

our money and goods and are lords in our land where

they are supposed to be in exile!

If a thief steals ten gulden he must hang; if he robs

people on the highway, his head is gone. But a Jew,

when he steals ten tons of gold through his usury is

dearer than God himself!

Do not their Talmud and rabbis write that it is no sin

to kill if a Jew kills a heathen, but it is a sin if he kills

a brother in Israel? It is no sin if he does not keep his

oath to a heathen. Therefore, to steal and rob (as they

do with their moneylending) from a heathen, is a divine

service... And they are the masters of the world and

we are their servants - yea, their cattle!

I maintain that in three fables of Aesop there is

more wisdom to be found than in all the books of

the Talmudists and rabbis and more than ever could

come into the hearts of the Jews...

Should someone think I am saying too much - I

am saying much too little! For I see in [their]

writings how they curse us Goyim and wish as all

evil in their schools and prayers. They rob us of

our money through usury, and wherever they are

able, they play us all manner of mean tricks... No

heathen has done such things and none would to

so except the Devil himself and those whom he

possesses - as he possesses the Jews.

Now behold what a nice, thick, fat lie it is when they

complain about being captives among us! Jerusalem

was destroyed more than 1,400 years ago during that

time we Christians have been tortured and persecuted

by the Jews in all the world. On top of that, we do not

know to this day what Devil brought them into our

country. We did not fetch them from Jerusalem!...

Yes, we have and hold them captive, as I would like

to keep my rheumatism, and all other diseases and

misfortunes, who must wait as a poor servant, with

money and property and everything I have! I wish they

were in Jerusalem with the other Jews and whomsoever

they would like to have with them.

Now what are we going to do with these rejected,

condemned Jewish people?... Let us apply the ordinary

wisdom of other nations like France, Spain, Bohemia,

et al., who made them give an account of what they had

stolen through usury, and divided it evenly; but expelled

them from their country;. For as heard before, God's

wrath is so great over them that through soft mercy

they only become more wicked, through hard treatment,

however, only a little better. Therefore, away with them!

How much more unbearable it is that we should permit

the entire Christendom and all of us to be bought with

our own money, be slandered and cursed by the Jews,

who on top of all that be made rich and our lords, who

laugh us to scorn and are tickled by their audacity!

What a joyful affair that would be for the Devil and his

angels, and cause them to laugh through their snouts

like a sow grinning at her little pigs, but deserving real

wrath before God.

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Maybe mild-hearted and gentle Christians will believe

that I am too rigorous and drastic against the poor,

afflicted Jews, believing that I ridicule them and treat

them with much sarcasm. By my word, I am far too

weak to be able to ridicule such a satanic brood. I

would fain to do so, but they are far greater adepts at

mockery than I and possess a god who is master in

this art. It is the Evil One himself.

Even with no further evidence than the Old Testament,

I would maintain, and no person on earth could alter

my opinion, that the Jews as they are today are

veritably a mixture of all the depraved and malevolent

knaves of the whole world over, who have then been

dispersed in all countries, similarly to the Tartars,

Gypsies and such folk." -- Martin Luther

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FROM: Table Talk of Martin Luther, translated by

William Hazlet, page 43:

"But the Jews are so hardened that they listen to nothing;

though overcome by testimonies they yield not an inch. It is

a pernicious race, oppressing all men by their usury and

rapine. If they give a prince or magistrate a thousand florins,

they extort twenty thousand from the subjects in payment.

We must ever keep on guard against them."

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MARTIN LUTHER, sermon at Eisleben, a few days

before his death, February, 1546:

"Besides, you also have many Jews living in the

country, who do much harm... You should know the

Jews blaspheme and violate the name of our Savior

day for day... for that reason you, Milords and men

of authority, should not tolerate but expel them.

They are our public enemies and incessantly

blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ, they call our

Blessed Virgin Mary a harlot and her Holy Son a

bastard and to us they give the epithet of

changelings and abortions.

Therefore deal with them harshly as they do nothing

but excruciatingly blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ,

trying to rob us of our lives, our health, our honor

and belongings."

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"I began to see that the Fundamentalist system

we had accepted could foster anti-Semitism; it was

sufficient to read such texts as St. Matthew 27:25,

St. John 8:42-18:36, 19:7, 12-18, I Thessalonians

2:14-16, Titus 1:10.11 to realize that. But the most

shocking thing to me was that many anti-Semitic

statements as, "Jews think they are going to save

themselves by stupid, petty rituals, like washing

their hands before they eat bread," came from

Hebrew Christians."

(Source: page 87 of ESCAPE FROM JESUS by

Shlomoh Sherman, 224 pages, 1983. Published

by Decalogue Books, 7 North MacQuesten Pkwy

Mount Vernon, NY 10550 ISBN: 0-915474-03-4

The author tells how he joined "Hebrew Christianity",

left it, and eventually found meaning in Judaism.

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