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To: DogByte6RER

I confess I didn’t know the true meaning of the phrase on the sign. I kew the literal stranslation, but thought it was not a promise of eventual freedom, but an insult to the Jews imprisoned there. In the sense of, you will work, instead of engage inusury or whatever other imagined sin.


7 posted on 12/18/2009 6:31:01 PM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: GOP_Resurrected

“...but an insult to the Jews imprisoned there.”

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To ALL imprisoned there; not just the Jews.


12 posted on 12/18/2009 7:40:02 PM PST by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Eliminate Socialism)
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To: GOP_Resurrected

That comes from the era of serfdom in Germany. If a serf could live for a year in one of the free cities, he was no longer bound to his lord. Of course, he had to do some kind of paid labor to survive in a city for a year, so “Work makes you free.” The same idea is found in “City air makes a free man.”


19 posted on 12/18/2009 8:26:53 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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