Martin Luther

Martin Luther

On The Jews and Their Lies, Luther’s anti-Jewish rants from the 1500s influenced the leaders of the Nazi party in the 20th century.

“First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians... secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed... thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer books and Talmuds... fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach anymore... To sum up, dear princes and nobles who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free of this insufferable devilish burden, the Jews...”        Martin Luther


"What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church [...]a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against Godhe would accept them.

--Martin Luther cited by his secretary, in a letter in Max Lenz, ed., Briefwechsel Landgraf Phillips des Grossmüthigen von Hessen mit Bucer, vol. I. "