Herschel Grynspan’s and Shakespeare’s plea for humanity

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Herschel Grynspan spoke the words of all who suffer in a strange land because of hate and fear, discrimination and prejudice, race and gender, and envy.  Compare his plea to those of Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

Grynspan:

“Being a Jew is not a crime; I am not a dog, I have a right to exist on this earth; wherever I have been I have been hounded like an animal.”


Shakespeare’s Shylock:

“I am a Jew. Hath 
not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, 
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with 
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject 
to the same diseases, healed by the same means, 
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as 
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? 
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison 
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not 
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will 
resemble you in that.”

William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene 1.

ImageHerschel Grynspan

 

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