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By Jean-Paul Sartre

Anti-Semite and Jew (French: Réflexions sur l. a. query juive) is an essay approximately antisemitism written via Jean-Paul Sartre almost immediately after the liberation of Paris from German profession in 1944. the 1st a part of the essay, "The Portrait of the Antisemite", used to be released in December 1945 in Les Temps modernes. the complete textual content used to be then released in 1946.

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The sight of women bathing suits aroused him to fury; he willingly encouraged that fury and passed his time at swimming pools. The anti‐Semite is like that, and one of the elements of his hatred is a profound sexual attraction toward Jews. His behaviour reflects a curiosity fascinated by Evil, it above all, I think, it represents a basic sadism. Anti‐ Semitism is incomprehensible unless one recalls that e Jew, object of so much execration, is perfectly innocent, I should even say inoffensive. Thus the anti‐Semite takes pains to speak to us of secret Jewish organizations, of formidable and clandestine freemasonries.

Consequently there is no disobedience‐one cannot disobey what does not exist. Thus for the anti‐Semite there is a real France with a government real but diffused and without special organs, and an abstract France, official, Jew‐ridden, against which it is proper to rebel. Naturally this permanent rebellion is the act of a group; the anti‐Semite would under no circumstances dare to act or think on his own. And the group would be unable to conceive of itself as a minority party, for a minority party is obliged to devise a program and to determine on a line of political action, all of which implies initiative, responsibility, and liberty.

In fact, we cannot state what be affirms without implicit reference to certain intellectual principles. The Jew, he says, is completely bad, completely a Jew. His virtues, if he has any, turn to vices by reason of the fact that they are his; work coming from his hands necessarily bears his stigma. If he builds a bridge, that bridge, being Jewish, is bad from the first to the last span. The same action carried out by a Jew and by a Christian does not have the same meaning in the two cases, for the Jew contaminates 23 all that he touches with an I‐know‐not‐what execrable quality.

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