„No... the real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the Crucible, I tell you—he will be the fusion of all races, perhaps the coming superman.“

—  Israel Zangwill, The Melting Pot, act 1.
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Israel Zangwill
englischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und zionistischer A... 1864 - 1926
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