German Jewish Sayings

Commentary by Dr. Ursula A. Falk


Wer zu Letzt Lacht, Lacht am Besten!


(Whoever laughs last, laughs best)



The above proverb befits the German/European Jews who escaped the fate of their innocent brethren who died at the hands of the Nazis, the Germans, the Poles and the other gentile murderers of the twentieth century. 

Reminisce and share with us a few of the poignant, the funny, and the not so humorous mostly German –Jewish  sayings of yesterday's times, wisdom, advice, opinions and recollections:


“Schuld am Elend, sagt er Schuld am Leid

Sagt er Schuld wenn’s regent sagt er Schuld wenn’s schneit

Sagt er Schuld an allem, sagt er voller Wut

Sagt er Schuld alleine, sagt er ist der Jud!”

(The cause for the misery, pain, when it rains or snows, the fault for every evil is the Jew)


“Alle Glocken brummen

Lo Mesummen, lo Mesummen”

(Every bell angrily rings scanty money, scanty money.)


“Es kratzt sich keiner um bechinnem

Entweder hat er dayes oder kinnem”

(No one scratches himelf for no reason, either he has worries or lice.)


“Allen Leuten recht getan

Ist eine Kunst, die Niemand kann!”

(To do the right thing for all people is an art that no one can achieve)


“Der Tohle ist am Scheidewege”

(The devil or false deity is at the crossroads/farewell.)


“Die sollen untergehen wie Korach"

(They should die as Korach died.)


“Ziggele, miggele Kotinke, reite Pomeranzen

Wenn das Keppele sich schickert an

Wollen die Fueselich tanzen”.

(This is a yiddish poem:  ride little one, when the head is drunk, the feet want to dance)


“Salomon der Weise spricht

Laute Pumpse stinken nicht

Aber diese leisen,

Die da um die Ecke schleichen

Die Stinken am Meisten”

(Solomon the wise one said that loud gas does not smell repulsively, but the silent flatus that sneaks around the corner, that smells worst.)!


 Dr. Ursula A. Falk is a psychotherapist in private practice and the author of several books and articles.

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