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Background: Der Giftpilz, the German word for toadstool, was a publication of Julius Streicher’s publishing house. It was aimed particularly at kids, and was sometimes used in the schools. In each case, the caption under the picture is translated to the right. In several cases, there is a link to a translation of the story that accompanied the picture. For more information on Julius Streicher and his anti-Semitic propaganda, see my book on Julius Streicher. For more on Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda directed toward children, see an essay by Mary Mills titled Propaganda and Children during the Hitler Years.

Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels did not think a lot of the book. In his diary entry for 29 May 1938 he writes: “Streicher has published a new children’s book. Terrible stuff. Why does the Führer put up with it?”

There are at least two different versions of the book. The second one has rather shorter versions of the stories.

The source: Ernst Hiemer, Der Giftpilz (Nuremberg, Stürmerverlag, 1938).


Der Giftpilz


Cover
The Poisonous Mushroom: This is the cover of the book.
Scan 2
The Poisonous Mushroom: “Just as it is often hard to tell a toadstool from an edible mushroom, so too it is often very hard to recognize the Jew as a swindler and criminal...”
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How to Recognize a Jew: “The Jewish nose is bent. It looks like the number six...”*
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How the Jews Came to Us: “Just look at these guys! The louse-infested beards! The filthy, protruding ears...”*
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What is the Talmud?: “In the Talmud it is written: ‘Only the Jew is human. Gentile peoples are not called humans, but animals.’ Since we Jews see Gentiles as animals, we call them only Goy.”
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Why the Jews Let Themselves be Baptised: “Baptism didn’t make a Gentile out of him...”*
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How a German Peasant was Driven from House and Farm: “Daddy, someday when I have my own farm, no Jew will enter my house...”*
Scan 8
How Jewish Traders Cheat: “Farming woman, have I got something special for you today. Look at this material! You can make a dress from it that will make you look like a baroness, like a countess, like a queen...”*
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The Experience of Hans and Else with a Strange Man: “Here, kids, I have some candy for you. But you both have to come with me...”*
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Inge’s Visit to a Jewish Doctor: “Two criminal eyes flashed behind the glasses and the fat lips grinned.”
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How the Jew Treats his Domestic Help: “A man was waiting for me at the station. He tipped his hat and was very friendly to me. But I could tell immediately that he was a Jew...”*
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How Two Women were Tricked by Jewish Lawyers: “Well, Colleague Morgenthau, we did a good piece of business today.” “Splendid, Colleague Silberstein. We took the lovely money from the two Goy women and can put it in our own pockets.”*
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How Jews Torment Animals: “The animal fell once more to the ground. Slowly it died. The Jews stood around and laughed.”*
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What Christ Said about the Jews: “When you see a cross, remember the gruesome murder of the Jews on Golgotha...”*
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Money Is The God Of The Jews: “The God of the Jews is money. To earn money, he commits the greatest crimes. He will not rest until he can sit on a huge money sack, until he has become the king of money.”*
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How Worker Hartmann Became a National-Socialist: The Jew cries: “We don’t care about Germany... The main thing is that things go well for us...”*
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Are There Decent Jews?: “People are always saying that we Jews cheat other people, that we lie and deceive. Not a word of it is true. We Jews are the most decent people in the world.”*
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Without Solving the Jewish Question No Salvation for Mankind: “He who fights the Jews battles the Devil.” Julius Streicher.*
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There was apparently a Ukrainian edition of Der Giftpilz — at least that is what this poster from after the invasion of the Soviet Union suggests. The text reads something like “He poisons our people.”

* These summaries and partial translations are taken from a 1938 publication issued by the “Friends of Europe” in London,
an organization to which I have been unable to find a successor to request permission to reprint.

 


 

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