Robespierre on Jews

“How can [the Jews] be blamed for the persecutions that different peoples have inflicted on them? . . . They are furthermore charged with vices, prejudices, sectarian spirit and self-interest. But what can we ascribe these to, except our own injustice? Having debarred them from all honours, even the right to public esteem, we have left them no other goal than that of financial speculation. Let us restore them to happiness, to the patrie, to virtue, by restoring to them the dignity of men and of citizens.”

Ref:  A People’s History of the French Revolution, Eric Hazan, 2014, Verso Books.


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