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Prejudice: An Irrational Sentiment
69.I often tell my students a joke which, it is claimed, was told by Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. An ardent Nazi was giving a speech in which he accused Jews of the worst crimes against Germany. As he reached the crescendo of his diatribes someone cried out from the audience "and the bicyclists." The Nazi turned to the person and asked, "Why the bicyclists?" The person responded, "Why the Jews?". In learning about antisemitism, students must understand the nature of all prejudices: they are irrational sentiments.