Translated Into English Means : The Poisonous Mushroom

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translated into English means “the poisonous mushroom.” This book was published in 1938 and was a popular anti-semitic. According to the Calvin College German Propaganda Archive, they describe the content of Der GiftPiltz. It was published by none other than Julius Streicher, the editor of Der Strümer. It’s content mentions include a mother discussing with her son why the Jewish people are “bad and poisonous.” Their conversation continues as they describe why the Jews are “poisonous.” “And do you know, too, who these bad men are, these poisonous mushrooms of mankind?” the mother continued. Franz slaps his chest in pride: “Of course I know, mother! They are the Jews! Our teacher has often told us about them.” This excerpt from the story…show more content…
Other depictions of Jews is the big nose depicted on the face that is drawn, as well as, again, the Star of David. This book alone fits many of the dehumanizing characteristics attributed to stage four by creating physical, racial distinguishing qualities and connecting them to the Jews, like hooked noses. Another characteristic, as pointed out in the title of the book, is that all Jews are “poisonous” like mushrooms, further comparing them to an obnoxious fungus rather than human beings. Not only that, but the mother in the story emphasizes that Jews are liars and deceivers, and as such cannot be trusted in any way. This, of course, leads into stage five. Stage five is organization . Stanton writes that “Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility.” The emphasis on the supremacy of the “Aryan race” and the German worker is depicted in the picture to the left with the strong Aryan man standing above individuals who are deemed inferior, such as intellectuals or the poor as depicted in the poster. This kind of propaganda cemented the belief that Jews were superior to pure Germans. While Jews are not specifically depicted in this poster, they are still lumped in with the rest of the minorities that Nazi leadership had deemed, as depicted in the picture, inferior to the “Aryan Race.” This is also
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