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Antisemitic children's book inscribed by a German child and found by a US soldier

Publication | Accession Number: 1991.201.1

Antisemitic children's book, Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) acquired by Isadore Tuerk, a psychiatrist in Patton's 3rd Armored Division, in Gotha, Germany, circa May 1945. It has an anti-Jewish inscription in a child's handwriting and a stamp from a school library in Gotha. It was published by Der Stuermer Verlag, a division of the viciously anti-Jewish newspaper, Der Stuermer, published by Julius Streicher from 1923-1945. The illustrations are by Fips (Phillip Rupprecht), the paper's well known antisemitic cartoonist. Both men were arrested by the US Army in May 1945. Rupprecht was tried by a German denazification court and sentenced to six years hard labor. Streicher was tried by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, convicted, and executed per the ruling that his repeated articles calling for the annihilation of the Jewish race were a direct indictment to murder and a crime against humanity.

Title
Der Giftpilz : ein Stürmerbuch für Jung u. Alt : Erzählungen
Alternate Title
The Poison Mushroom
Date
1938  (publication/distribution)
approximately 1945 May  (found)
Geography
publication : Nuremberg (Germany)
use : Reyherschule school library; Gotha (Germany)
found : Gotha (Germany)
Language
German
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jonathan Turek
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Record last modified: 2017-07-20 13:37:33
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