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Instructional poster showing the elimination of the weak from nature

Object | Accession Number: 1990.120.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Educational poster showing that in nature, plants and animals who are not strong enough or are deformed and unhealthy will or should be killed. It is from a portfolio of teaching panels designed by Alfred Vogel, a school headmaster and Nazi Party member, to instruct students on the superiority of the Aryan race, the virtue of racial purity, and the burden that Jews, as well as the handicapped, mentally ill, and unfit, place on society. For Hitler's government, the indoctrination of children through the required teaching of Nazi ideology was a powerful tool. The teaching of eugenics and racial biology began in primary school. Vogel's series provided illustrated aids on its key aspects, showing in simple pictures the urgency of the Jewish threat, the danger of racial miscegenation, or mixing of races, and how the pure breed will always be strongest, and mixed breeds must be eliminated.
    Artwork Title
    Ausmerzung des kranken und Schwachen in der Natur
    Alternate Title
    Eradication of the sick and weak in nature
    Series Title
    Erblehre und Rassenkunde no. 42
    publication/distribution:  1938
    publication: Stuttgart (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, title, black ink: Ausmerzung des Kranken und Schwachen in der Natur [That which does not satisfy the demands of existence will be crushed]
    front, bottom, red ink : ͈Was nicht den Anforderungen des Seins genügt, das zerbricht” (Dr. Grosz) [What does not satisfy the requirements of being, breaks]
    front, bottom, black ink : Vogel: Erblehre und Rassenkunde. - Alle Rechte vorbehalten. -- Verlag für nationale Literatur, Gebr. Rath, Stuttgart-W. [Vogel: Theory of Inheritance and Racial Hygiene. - All Rights Reserved. - Publishing Company for national Literature, Gebr. Rath, Stuttgart- Wurttemburg]
    front, bottom, right corner outside image, black ink : 42
    Publisher: Verlag fur nationale Literatur Gebr. Rath
    Author: Alfred Vogel
    Illustrator: Eberhard Brauchle

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Physical Description
    Poster printed on cardstock with the title in Fraktur font across the top. There are 2 vertical side by side color illustrations. The left image depicts a red-eyed, sharp beaked, red-brown hawk with striped tail feathers with its talons on a dead rabbit arched over a tree branch with leafy branches at the end. In the background is a clear blue sky with green foliage from the tree canopy. The right image depicts a man with gray hair, brown pants, and blue shirt with a large ax raised over his head as he prepares to chop down a crooked, sparsely orange leaved, dead tree. He stands in yellow grass in front of a forest of green fir trees with a gray blue sky. This poster is no. 42 in Vogel's series, and 1 of 9 in collection 1990.120.
    overall: Height: 11.500 inches (29.21 cm) | Width: 15.250 inches (38.735 cm)
    overall : cardstock, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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