Preface to Vindiciae Judaeorum

Moses Mendelssohn


It is remarkable to observe how prejudice changes its form in every century in order to oppress us and to pose difficulties for our admission to civil society. In former, superstitious times, it was holy wafers that we wantonly defiled; crucifixes that we stabbed and made bleed; children whom we secretly circumcised and delighted to tear to pieces…

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