Anti-Semite and Jew: An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate by Jean-Paul Sartre

By Jean-Paul Sartre

With a brand new preface via Michael Walzer

Jean-Paul Sartre's booklet is a superb portrait of either anti-Semite and Jew, written by way of a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish standpoint. not anything of the anti-Semite both in his refined shape as a snob, or in his crude shape as a gangster, escapes Sartre's sharp eye, and the total challenge of the Jew's dating to the Gentile is tested in a concrete and residing manner, instead of when it comes to sociological abstractions.

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Since the Republic is weak, he is led to break the law out of love of obedience. But is it really strong authority that he wishes? In reality he demands rigorous order for others, and for 21 himself disorder without responsibility. He wishes to place himself above the law, at the same time escaping from the, consciousness of his liberty and his isolation. He therefore makes use of a subterfuge: The Jews take part in elections; there are Jews in the government; therefore the legal power is vitiated at its base.

Furthermore, one must form his conception of the children on the basis of what the grandparents have been. One must believe that what their elders did the young are capable of doing. One must convince himself that Jewish character is inherited. Thus the Poles of 1940 treated the Israelites in the community as Jews because their ancestors in 1848 had done the same with their contemporaries. Perhaps this traditional representation would, under other circumstances, have disposed the Jews of today to act like those of 1848.

But since Evil, to the anti‐ Semite, is incarnated in unarmed and harmless men, the latter never finds himself under the painful necessity of being heroic. It is fun to be an anti‐Semite. One can beat and torture Jews without fear. At most they can appeal to the laws of the Republic, but those laws are not too rigorous. 33 The sadistic attraction that the anti‐Semite feels toward the Jew is so strong that it is not unusual to see one of these sworn enemies of Israel surround himself with Jewish friends.

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