On The Jews and Their Lies
Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside, since they are not lords, officials, tradesmen, or the like. Let they stay at home. Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping.
The reason for such a measure is that, as said above, they have no other means of earning a livelihood than usury, and by it they have stolen and robbed from us all they possess. Such money should now be used in no other way than the following: Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed one hundred, two hundred, or three hundred florins, as personal circumstances may suggest. With this he could set himself up in some occupation for the support of his poor wife and children, and the maintenance of the old or feeble.
For such evil gains are cursed if they are not put to use with God's blessing in a good and worthy cause. For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting, and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants. Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death.
My advice, as I said earlier, is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss in sulfur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire. That would demonstrate to God our serious resolve and be evidence to all the world that it was in ignorance that we tolerated such houses, in which the Jews have reviled God, our dear Creator and Father, and his Son most shamefully up till now, but that we have now given them their due reward.
I wish and I ask that our rulers who have Jewish subjects exercise a sharp mercy toward these wretched people, as suggested above, to see whether this might not help though it is doubtful. They must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in, proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did in the wilderness, slaying three thousand lest the whole people perish.
They surely do not know what they are doing; moreover, as people possessed, they do not wish to know it, hear it, or learn it. There it would be wrong to be merciful and confirm them in their conduct. If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs, so that we do not become partakers of their abominable blasphemy and all their other vices and thus merit God's wrath and be damned with them.
I have done my duty. Now let everyone see to his. I am exonerated. Fortress Press, Philadelphia, I apologize for the length of this message, but I thought it important for everyone reading this conference to learn the depth of Luther's depravity. If anyone recognizes the events of "Kristallnacht" in these writings, then the message has been driven home. The Nazi's weren't much more vicious than this man! Was Luther a reliable biblical scholar? Not by any stretch of the imagination!
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Is it any wonder why we don't put much faith in whatever else he had to say I also wish to assure any Lutheran's who might read this, that I am confident that they do not subscribe to this fanatic's viewpoints, nor do most other Protestants. This is not an attempt to mitigate the awful atrocities committed by the Catholics either; there was and is sufficient blame to go around. I support semitism. I will now make a negative statement: I do not support antisemitism in any shape or form. I can, therefore, only rate this book one star. Aug 31, Kirsty Hughes rated it did not like it Shelves: literary.
It is one thing if you give this book a high star rating because you find the content interesting within its context and how it is basically used as a foundation for Nazi Germany, but to actually support what is being said is truly disgusting. Martin Luther was a whiny little bitch boy who couldn't handle rejection. I am shocked that I was never taught in any of the very many history courses that I have taken that Martin Luther was such an asshole. He's treated as a hero for Christians and the reformation, but when the Jews didn't convert to his domination after he posted his damn 95 theses that everyone knows about, he went off on them and demanded they be treated like shit by everyone.
Just a few quotes to get a gist of his message: " Go Martin Luther!
Sack of shit. End rant.
Was Luther anti-Semitic?
Most of this focuses on theological minutia. I can't tell if the Jews are really "lying" in this sense, because I don't know anything about these inane theological disputes. However, I would say that if this is an accurate representation of Lutheran theology and based on the author, I'll make that assumption then a believing Lutheran must have a pretty poor opinion of Jews.
There are some legitimate criticisms of the Jewish arrogance in presuming to be God's chosen ethnic group. However due to the libelous and hateful stuff which Luther throws in fairly frequently esp in intros and conclusions this book does far more to discredit Lutheranism than Judiasm. But yeah it was a boring ass read and I skimmed large sections.
Remember when you were reading the bible and you passed over all those boring genealogies and descriptions of tents and stuff? Well turns out that medieval theologians cared deeply about the internal consistency of all that stuff.
On the jews and their lies
View all 4 comments. Mar 06, Chris Doelle rated it liked it. That about sums it up. First, this book is rated where it is for me simply because of the value of the information to history. No, not Luther's words, but the fact that it was he that said them. In my understanding of Martin Luther, I never dreamed he would have written something like this.
I understand that the Nazi party used this as some sort of justification for their actions. I find it interesting though that his antisemitic views were never taught when I was learning about Luther nail Wow! I find it interesting though that his antisemitic views were never taught when I was learning about Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.
Even he fact that I have since learned he may not have actually done that either, didn't prepare me for this. The audio version of this book was told by a very antisemitic narrator who frequently departed from Luther's text to add his own thoughts.
It just compounded the appalling nature of my time with this book. I am glad to have read it simply because it was a piece of history unknown to me. Oct 20, James Cloyd rated it did not like it Shelves: christian-theology-own , modern-era , apologetics-own , apologetics-read , christian-theology-read. Luther maybe the founder of protestantism and a hero in the eyes of many Christians, but he let his true colors show in this little book. I think that might make him an even bigger dick than John Calvin, who turned in his friend Servetus in to be burned at the stake for a theological disagreement.
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At least Calvin put in a request for a painless death be decapitation. It w Luther maybe the founder of protestantism and a hero in the eyes of many Christians, but he let his true colors show in this little book. It was denied, but I guess it's the thought that counts. Jan 23, Erin rated it did not like it Shelves: religion.
I thought Luther's "Open Letter on Translation" was laugh-out-loud funny. This one is an actual blueprint for the holocaust. If it doesn't turn your stomach, take a long hard look at yourself. Jan 08, Febins Francis rated it it was amazing. A dissection of medieval jewish lives in Europe. Don't recommend this for jews. Jul 23, Shane marked it as to-read. Never knew Martin Luther wrote an entire book for his antisemitism.
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That's hilarious, especially the crotchety title. Awful, but provides interesting perspective on the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe. Aug 20, James Ruley added it Shelves: church-history. All men have feet of clay. This work by Luther exposes his. This work is primarily designed as a religious repudiation of the Jews, particularly the ways that they sought to combat Christianity. Insofar as this work provides a religious rebuttal against Judaism, its rhetoric is relatively inoffensive.
However, in certain portions of this work Luther calls for the Jews to be kicked out of Germany.