Yiddish: Petty thieves are hanged, big ones are pardoned.

קליינע גנבֿים הענגט מען‫,‬ גרויסע שענקט מען.

Kleyne ganovim hengt men, groyse shenkt men.

Petty thieves are hanged, big ones are pardoned.

SOURCE: Kumove, Words Like Arrows. These words are used in a song from the play "Din-toyre"[NOTE]din-toyre: case before a rabbinical court. by Urke Nakhalnik (pseudonym of Yitskhok Farberovitsh). Read about Nakhalnik's unusual life trajectory from yeshiva student to criminal to author to saboteur against the Nazis.

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