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Nazi propaganda poster claiming American Jews want to exterminate the German people

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    Nazi propaganda poster claiming American Jews want to exterminate the German people

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    German propaganda poster issued during the week of August 19 to August 25, 1942, from the Parole der Woche (Word of the Week) series. This poster uses a quote from Theodore Kaufman’s book, “Germany Must Die,” and claims that the Jews and their allies are fighting to exterminate the German people. Theodore Kaufman was a fringe, Jewish-American extremist writer who advocated for the sterilization of German men and women as a means to eliminate the German people, and the partition of German territory among neighboring nations. Although his writings were not popular in America, the Nazis used them heavily in their propaganda to advocate for public support for the war. They falsely claimed that Kaufman’s ideas were popular opinion in America, and that Kaufman was an associate of President Roosevelt. 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), the first of which was distributed on March 16, 1936. Each week, approximately 125,000 posters were strategically placed in public places and businesses so that they would 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 used colorful, often derogatory caricatures, and photorealistic images with vibrant language to target the Nazis’ early political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany’s enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.
    Title
    Der Jude Kaufman übertrumpft!
    Alternate Title
    The Jew Kaufman trumped!
    Word of the Week
    Series Title
    Parole der Woche
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1942 August 19-1942 August 25
    Geography
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Markings
    front, top, printed, white and red ink : Der Jude Kaufman übertrumpft! [The Jew Kaufman trumped!]
    front, left, image caption, printed, black ink : Der Jude Theodore Nathan Kaufman / der 80 Millionen Deutsche durch Sterilisierung ausrotten will [The Jew Theodore Nathan Kaufman who wants to exterminate 80 million Germans through sterilization]
    front, bottom, printed, red ink : Wir alle wissen längst, welches Schicksal uns Juden und Plutokraten / bereiten möchten. Darum sind wir fest entschlossen, diesen uns auf- / gezwungenen Krieg solange zu führen, bis der Endsieg errungen ist. [We all know for a long time what fate Jews and plutocrats would like to bring us. That is why we are determined to continue this forced war until the final victory is achieved.]
    front, top left, center of logo, black ink : No. 34 / PdW / 1942 / 19. 8 / 25.8 [Number 34 / Word of the Week / 1942 / August 19 to August 25]
    front, top left, 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]
    Contributor
    Publisher: Zentralverlag der NSDAP
    Issuer: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Posters
    Genre/Form
    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    Offset lithographic poster printed on off-white paper, adhered to a white linen backing. The poster has a black background with a black-and-white, rectangular image of a man with glasses typing on a typewriter. Overlaid on the image is a diagonal, white arrow with a line of red text inside. To the right, is the title, printed in white and red. Below the title is a white rectangle resembling a sheet of paper. Inside is a German quote in a typewritten font with a large, red exclamation point on the right. Below is a block of small German text, and along the bottom is a block of larger German text. Above the rectangle resembling paper is a small logo consisting of a line of text arranged in a circle around three larger letters.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 33.250 inches (84.455 cm) | Width: 47.500 inches (120.65 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Germany.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-08 08:57:23
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