Maurice Samuel – You Gentiles (1924)

On Twitter today, someone (I can’t recall who) posted on Maurice Samuel’s You Gentiles (1924). This very brief book is well worth reading, as it is a candid portrayal of the Jew vs. Gentile dynamic written by an ardent Zionist. A free PDF of the book can be found here.

From the Wikipedia page entry on Maurice Samuel:

Born in Măcin, Tulcea County, Romania, to Isaac Samuel and Fanny Acker, Samuel moved to Paris with his family at the age of five and about a year later to Victoria University. Eventually, he left England, and from 1914 he remained in America.

A Jewish and Zionist intellectual, he is best known for his work You Gentiles, published in 1924. Most of his work concerns Judaism or the Jew’s role in history and modern society, but he also wrote more conventional fiction, such as The Web of Lucifer, which takes place during the Borgias’ rule of Renaissance Italy, and the fantasy science-fiction novel The Devil that Failed. He and his work received acclaim within the Jewish community during his lifetime, including the 1944 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his non-fiction work, The World of Sholom Aleichem. Samuel also wrote the nonfiction King Mob under the pseudonym “Frank K. Notch”.

He died in 1972 in New York City.

A GoodReads summary of the book You Gentiles:

Written in 1924, this shocking classic work of Jewish Supremacism maps out what the avowedly Zionist author saw as the cause of anti-Semitism through the ages: an irreconcilable difference between Jews and all Gentiles, but Europeans in particular. This difference, Samuel argued, was inherent and biological in origin. The author argues that the real point of difference between Jew and Gentile is that the Gentiles follow what he calls the base “triviality” of Gentiles versus the God-like “seriousness” of Jews. This huge psychological difference, Samuel says, is the reason why Jews regard “playful” Gentiles as backward and silly, and why Gentiles will never be able to penetrate the Jewish perception of the world. The book goes on to discuss the main points of difference in behavior between Jews and Gentiles focusing on physical activity, religion, concepts of good and evil, loyalty, science, fair play, and discipline. Maurice spells out why Jews have different attitudes to all these moral and philosophical issues—and why these values are the opposite of those endorsed by Gentiles. Samuel then says that these inherent and unchangeable differences will always make the Jews out to be “destroyers” and the “subverters” of European culture and society. Finally, he discusses the dangers presented to Jews by intermarriage with Gentiles, and concludes by saying that there will never be peace between Jew and Gentile until the last European state has “lost its racial homogeneity.”

That last sentence is a doozy.

The most famous (or infamous) quote from the book is certainly:

“We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers forever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands. We will forever destroy because we need a world of our own, a God-world, which it is not in your nature to build. Beyond all temporary alliances with this or that faction lies the ultimate split in nature and destiny, the enmity between the Game and God. But those of us who fail to understand that truth will always be found in alliance with your rebellious factions, until disillusionment comes. The wretched fate which scattered us through your midst has thrust this unwelcome role upon us.” (p. 155)

Some other choice quotes from the book can be found here.

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