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Antisemitic Nazi propaganda poster declaring that Jews are the enemy of the German people

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    Antisemitic Nazi propaganda poster declaring that Jews are the enemy of the German people


    Brief Narrative
    German propaganda poster issued during the week of July 1 to July 7, 1942, from the Parole der Woche (Word of the Week) series. The slogan in the title is an idiomatic phrase similar in meaning to the English saying "a leopard can't change its spots." The yellow background color is a similar shade as the Star of David badges Jews were forced to wear in Germany and German-occupied nations. This poster calls Jews enemies of the people and claims that Joseph Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, declared that Jews were committing crimes against England’s war economy. The poster then accuses Jews of pushing nations into wars, and profiting from them at their nation’s expense. These new antisemitic stereotypes were proliferated in a defeated Germany after World War I (1914-1918). At the end of the war, the German public was unaware of the country’s faltering position and many believed Germany was winning. After surrender, it was said that the war was started and sabotaged by Jews with the goals of enriching themselves and creating a political climate more susceptible to Jewish control. These myths were seized- upon and distributed widely in Nazi ideology and propaganda, and used as a justification for Jewish persecution. The Nazis used propaganda to buttress public support for the war effort, shape public opinion, and reinforce antisemitic ideas. As part of their propaganda campaign, the Nazis created the Word of the Week Series of posters (also referred to as Wandzeitung, or wall newspapers), which began distribution on March 16, 1936. Each week, new posters were placed in public places and businesses to be viewed by as many people as possible. Posters were the primary medium for the series, but smaller pamphlets were also produced, which could be plastered on the back of correspondences. The posters targeted the Nazis’ early political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany’s enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.
    Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht!
    Alternate Title
    The cat won't stop catching mice
    Word of the Week
    Series Title
    Parole der Woche
    publication/distribution:  1942 July 01-1942 July 07
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, printed, black ink : Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht! [The cat won't stop catching mice]
    front, bottom right, inside box, printed, black ink : Wer dieses / Zeichen trägt, / ist ein / Feind / unseres Volkes [Whoever bears this mark is an enemy of our people]
    front, right center, center of logo, black ink : No. 27 / PdW / 1942 / 1.7 / 7.7 [Number 27 / Word of the Week / 1942 / July 1 to July 7]
    front, right center, printed, perimeter of logo, black ink : Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: W. Wächter, Berlin / Verlag franz Eher Nachf., München [Responsible for the content: / W. Wächter, Berlin / Publisher Franz. Eher Nachf., Munich]
    Publisher: Zentralverlag der NSDAP
    Issuer: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.

    Physical Details

    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    Offset lithographic poster printed on off-white paper, adhered to a white linen backing. The poster has a yellow background, with a large title across the top in black, italic text. Below are two columns of smaller black text, each with an inset rectangle. The upper left rectangle is white, with a paragraph of black, italic text in quotes. The lower right rectangle is white with a black border, and has an image of a Star of David on the left and several lines of black text on the right. Above the lower right rectangle is a small logo consisting of a line of text arranged in a circle around three larger letters. There are small losses along the top edge.
    overall: Height: 33.000 inches (83.82 cm) | Width: 48.000 inches (121.92 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive

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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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    2023-06-08 08:57:23
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