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Efka Pyramiden cigarette papers in a colorful packet with camels and pyramids made in Nazi Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2004.705.6

Unused package of fifty Efka cigarette rolling papers manufactured in Nazi Germany. This brand was very popular in the 1930-1940s and was distributed to German troops. The package has a graphic design featuring red camels in front of a red sphinx and and pyramids against white sand and a yellow sky. 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.

Date
approximately 1940  (manufacture)
Geography
manufacture : Trossingen (Germany)
Language
German
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Robert L. White
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:29
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