"If the Jew did not exist, the
anti-Semite would invent him."1a
"I shall not deny that there
is a Jewish race. . . [P]erhaps we had better say Jewish races."1b
"Jews love money, we
are told. . . Certainly, if the Jew loves money, it is not
because he has any particular appetite for copper or gold or bank
notes: for him money often assumes the abstract form of shares of
stock, checks, bank deposits -- it is not to its sensible
configuration but to its abstract form that he
Actually it is the power of purchase that appeals to
him, and if he prefers this form of property to all others it is
because it is universal. . .
. . . In opposition to that magical possession that is refused him
and which deprives him even of the objects he has bought, he
becomes attached to money as the legitimate power of
appropriation by the universal and anonymous man he seeks to be."1c
" . . To the fine formulas of
the anti-Semite -- "Money can't do everything" -- "There
are things money can't buy" -- the Jew replies sometimes
by affirming the absolute power of money: "Anybody can
be bought, if you can just find his price.""1d
" . . . [T]he situation of the
Jew is such that everything he does turns against him."1e
" . . . [A]nti-Semitism is a conception of the Manichaean and
primitive world in which hatred for the Jew arises as a great
Italics in the original.
1 Jean-Paul Sartre
(1905-1980). Anti-Semite and Jew.
Translated by George J. Becker. Preface by Michael Walzer, 1995.
New York, NY: Schoken Books Inc., 1948, 1976. Originally published
as Réflexions sur la Question Juive, Paris, France:
Éditions Morihien, 1946.
a Chapter 1, at 13.
b Chapter 3, at 60-61.
c Chapter 3, at 126-127.
d Chapter 3, at 128.
e Chapter 3, at 141.
f Chapter 4, at 148.
Sartre. Being and Nothingness: A
Phenomenological Essay on Ontology.
Translated by Hazel E. Barnes. New York, NY: Washigton
Square Press, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc. Originally published
as L'être et le néant, France: Gallimard, 1943. English
language translation, Philosophical Library, Inc., 1956, 1984.