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2021.1.39a-d

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Essays

Date

8-30-1935

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Four typewritten pages, each filled halfway with text and with the header “Aufsatz.”

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: These short paragraphs were written by German students in the late summer of 1935. It had been two years since Hitler and the Nazi party came to power in Germany, and the indoctrination of children and the citizens was well underway. These students were given a prompt by their teacher: “Why should we be warned about the Jews?” Of course, these paragraphs reflect little originality, which would have been discouraged in any case since the task was to mechanically regurgitate the antisemitic teachings from lectures and the abundant written material available. Some of the students’ reference Julius Streicher or his grotesque and pornographic “Der Sturmer”, doubtless taken with the cartoons and Streicher’s concrete depiction of Jews. They describe the typical Jew’s physical characteristics-swarthy, frizzy hair, flat feet, crooked nose, thick head as thought they were approached by Sreicher’s cartoon characters literally on Unter den Linden. So we know Jews fall short in comparison with the ideal Aryan type, but as bad as he looks on the outside he is worse on the inside. Jews want to take over the government, in which case there would be no work, they have bankrupted the factories in Germany, creating a state of unemployment; they sell cheap, “trashy” goods; they have incited the communists against the Germans; they are cowardly as well. Of course, the negative descriptions are unremitting. Evidence to the contrary is not adduced. Jews are referred to as enemies of the people- here again they channel Streicher- and what they have learned in the classroom. As one student conclude, the Jew is not one of us, and he should go back from whence he came.

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11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Julius Streicher, Propaganda

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Propaganda, Streicher

Anti-Semitic Essays by German Students

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