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"We are all jews now" / "Nous sommes tous des juifs"?

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2008 07:18 pm
I had this quote floating around in my head.. Famous quote, historical quote.

It was, "We are all [something]".

With [something] being an oppressed or persecuted group. Jews, blacks, something. You know, as a statement of solidarity.

So as I was tasting what it was I was looking for, I realised it was also, or originally, French. "Nous sommes tous des.."

OK, so after 15 minutes of Googling, I know now that it's "Nous sommes tous des juifs". Or in another version, "after Auschwitz we are all Jews".

Except that it's still not quite clear to me what the original quote was, or what context it was used in. It seems like it has come around and gone around a coupla times?

It seems like Sartre wrote it (first?), as in, "after Auschwitz". But it was also chanted in the streets during the 1968 rebellion in France, I'm not quite sure in what context. And it seems to be randomly used in speeches and articles now in different contexts.

In short, can anyone tell me more about this? Because I'm kind of confused still...
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jan, 2008 08:19 am
I thought it was from Northern Exposure when Joel marches with the Native Americans.... :wink:
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jan, 2008 08:55 am
Re: "We are all jews now" / "Nous sommes tous
nimh wrote:
I But it was also chanted in the streets during the 1968 rebellion in France, I'm not quite sure in what context. And it seems to be randomly used in speeches and articles now in different contexts.

In short, can anyone tell me more about this? Because I'm kind of confused still...



Back in May 1968 rebellion, is was shouted by the students after the nasty comments of the communist newspaper L'Humanité, describing, in a very derogatory way, Daniel Cohen-Bendit, one of the students leaders, as a German Jew.

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Rappelons, en passant, que ces titres étaient calqués sur le célèbre « Nous sommes tous des juifs allemands », slogan inscrit sur les banderoles portées par les manifestants qui défilaient, le 22 mai 1968, pour protester contre les propos tenus à l'encontre de Daniel Cohn-Bendit par l'Humanité2. Ce slogan lui-même rappelait à son tour le « Ich bin ein Berliner » de J.F. Kennedy, établissant ainsi un réseau de références historiques en cascade.


So it became kind of synonym of "oath of solidarity"
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jan, 2008 10:53 am
Re: "We are all jews now" / "Nous sommes tous
Francis wrote:

Back in May 1968 rebellion, is was shouted by the students after the nasty comments of the communist newspaper L'Humanité, describing, in a very derogatory way, Daniel Cohen-Bendit, one of the students leaders, as a German Jew.

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Rappelons, en passant, que ces titres étaient calqués sur le célèbre « Nous sommes tous des juifs allemands », slogan inscrit sur les banderoles portées par les manifestants qui défilaient, le 22 mai 1968, pour protester contre les propos tenus à l'encontre de Daniel Cohn-Bendit par l'Humanité2. Ce slogan lui-même rappelait à son tour le « Ich bin ein Berliner » de J.F. Kennedy, établissant ainsi un réseau de références historiques en cascade.


So it became kind of synonym of "oath of solidarity"


It was atualoly a line in a chanson by Dominique Grange

http://i16.tinypic.com/8dycj1k.jpg

Quote:
La pègre
Parole et musique: Dominique Grange (1968)

La pègre on en est,
La chienlit aussi
Des éléments parfait'ment incontrôlés,
Des indésirables
Des autres enragés
Et quelques milliers d' groupuscules isolés.

Nous sommes tous des dissous en puissance
Nous sommes tous des Juifs et des Allemands
Nous sommes tous des dissous en puissance
Nous sommes tous des Juifs allemands !

Nous sommes des gauchistes,
Des aventuristes
Marxistes léninistes guévaristes ou trotskystes,
nous sommes des anars
Nous en avons marre
De voir vos flicards quadriller nos boulevards.

Nous sommes tous des dissous en puissance...

C'est dans vos prisons,
C'est dans vos Beaujon
Que nous écrirons nos plus belles chansons,
Vous n'avez rien vu,
Vous n'y avez pas cru
Vous l'aurez voulu, ça se passe dans la rue
Nous sommes beaucoup,
Nous sommes partout
Ce n'est qu'un début la lutte continue !
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nimh
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jan, 2008 07:55 pm
Thank you both very much! I should have known that I could count on you!

So - there is no link with Sartre? Or is his a separate, similar line?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 16 Jan, 2008 12:11 am
nimh wrote:

So - there is no link with Sartre? Or is his a separate, similar line?


Satre wrote in "Réflexions sur la question juive" (1946):

Le Juif est un homme que les autres hommes tiennent pour Juif: voilà la vérité simple d'ou il faut partir. (p.84)

"...nous sommes tous solidaires du juif puisque l'antisémitisme conduit tout droit au national-socialisme." (p.182) Source
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hanno
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jan, 2008 08:59 pm
I like to think I'd have died on the way there - would've started **** and gotten shot or kicked to death. The overlying theme - maybe in the sense that now we've all got to watch our stuff is quite valid.
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