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Efka Pyramiden cigarette papers in a green packaging sleeve made in Nazi Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2004.705.5

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    Brief Narrative
    Unused package of fifty Efka cigarette rolling papers manufactured in Nazi Germany. These packets may have been supplied for observers during the war crimes trials held in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945-46. This brand was very popular in the 1930-1940s and was distributed to German troops. The package has a green graphic design featuring camels and pyramids. Around March 1943, the British psychological warfare unit used Efka Pyramiden packets to distribute propaganda that encouraged German soldiers to malinger, feign illness, or avoid reporting for duty. They reproduced the package sleeve and, in place of cigarette papers, inserted ten thin papers with suggestions for how to avoid work. The small packet could be distributed without notice by placing them in coat pockets or leaving in cafes and could be air dropped.
    manufacture:  approximately 1940
    manufacture: Trossingen (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Robert L. White
    front, upper left, within rectangle, preprinted, green ink : 50
    front, upper right, within rectangle, preprinted, green ink : Blatt [Sheets]
    front, upper edge, uninked paper on green background : Allerfeinstes Zigaretten Papier / Efka [Ultra Fine Cigarette Paper]
    front, center, near lower edge, within banner, printed, green ink : Beste Rohstoffe! Schneeweisser Brand! [The Best Raw Materials! Burns White!]
    reverse, top flap, within oval, preprinted, green ink : Efka / Allerfeinstes Zigaretten - Papier / ungummiert [Efka Ultra Fine Cigarette Paper without gum]
    reverse, bottom flap, preprinted, green ink : Alleiniger Hersteller : / Efka - Werl Trossingen / (Württbg.) [Sole Manufacturer : Efka-Factory Trossingen (Württbg.)]
    Manufacturer: Efka Werke Fritz Kiehn Gmbh

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Rectangular light brown cardstock folded in thirds to create a sleeve, open on the short ends, to hold cigarette papers. The graphic design on the front presents a desert scene: in the center are 2 men with 2 camels loaded with a box labelled Efka; on the right are 2 pyramids and a sphinx, flanked by green palm trees. In the upper left and right are 2 rectangles with product information: 50 Blatt. At the bottom is a banner with German text. The paper folds over the back to create a top and bottom flap with horizontal green lines and German text. Inside is a packet of fifty thin, white sheets of rolling paper bound by adhesive on one edge.
    overall: Height: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Width: 2.625 inches (6.668 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The cigarette papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004 by the Estate of Robert L. White.
    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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    2023-02-27 08:46:27
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