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

SOURCE: Kumove, Words Like Arrows. These words are from a song in 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.

קליינע גנבֿים הענגט מען‫,‬ גרויסע שענקט מען.

Kleyne ganovim hengt men, groyse shenkt men.

Petty thieves are hanged, big ones are pardoned.

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