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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

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    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
    manufacture:  approximately 1940
    Geography
    manufacture: Trossingen (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Robert L. White
    Markings
    exterior, top and bottom, printed, blue ink : Feinste Gummierung [The finest gumming]
    exterior, front, upper edge, preprinted, blue ink, 2nd line shaded in red ink : Allerfeinstes Zigaretten ּ Papier / Efka [Ultra Fine Cigarette Paper]
    exterior, front, upper left, printed, blue ink : 50
    exterior, front, upper right, printed, blue ink : Blatt [Sheets]
    exterior, front, center, lower edge, within banner, preprinted blue ink : Beste Gummierung! Brennt schneeweiss! [Best gumming! Burns white as snow!]
    exterior, reverse flap, printed, blue ink : Ekfa - ,, Pyramiden ’’ / ALLERFEINSTES ZIGARETTEN – PAPIER [ Efka - ,, Pyramid ’’ / Ultra Fine Cigarette Paper]
    interior, front, above and below opening, preprinted, blue ink : Vorzüglich brennend / Für jeden Tabak geeignet [Excellent burning/ Suitable for all tobacco]
    Contributor
    Manufacturer: Efka Werke Fritz Kiehn Gmbh

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Physical Description
    Rectangular offwhite cardstock folded in thirds to create a packet to hold cigarette papers. The multicolored graphic design on the front presents a desert scene with 2 yellow men with 2 red camels loaded with a box labelled Efka on white sand in front of 2 red and white pyramids and a red sphinx againt a yellow background, flanked by green palm trees with a green leafy border above and below. In the upper left and right is product information: 50 Blatt. At the bottom is a white banner with a blue border and German text. The paper folds over the back to create a top and bottom flap with German text. The sides fold in to form a closed packet; all sides have German text. Inside the packet is German text and a central open slot to dispense the fifty thin, white rolling papers.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm) | Width: 2.750 inches (6.985 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-27 08:47:05
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