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Nazi propaganda leaflet mimicking a US silver certificate given to a US soldier after the liberation of Paris

Object | Accession Number: 1992.71.1 a-c

Nazi propaganda leaflet resembling a US dollar bill given to US Army Colonel Lewis H. Weinstein in Paris on the day of liberation, August 25, 1944. His jeep was surrounded by thousands of grateful Parisians near the Montparnasse railroad station. An emaciated man with a Star of David badge pushed his way forward and asked him if he was Jewish. Weinstein said yes and the man blurted out: “ I’m the last of my family. The rest went to Drancy.” He tore off his badge and handed it and an envelope with the leaflet to Weinstein, and disappeared. These leaflets were dropped from planes over Paris in late 1943, as part of a German propaganda campaign to raise suspicions against the United States and its part in the worldwide Jewish conspiracy. The streets would appear to be littered with real dollar bills, and after picking one up, a person would discover that it was fake and see antisemitic rant. Weinstein entered Paris with General de Gaulle and US troops on August 25, 1944, the day of its liberation by Allied Forces. He served in the US Army on General Eisenhower's staff and was Eisenhower's liaison to General De Gaulle. Weinstein was so persistent in his efforts to get Eisenhower to personally visit Ohrdruf, the first concentration camp liberated by US troops on April 4, 1945, that he was kicked out of his office. Weinstein had to get him there by a ruse, but afterwards, Eisenhower thanked him for being so insistent, telling him: “…you were right. I would never have believed that this was possible.”

Date
1944 August 25  (received)
Geography
received : Gare de Montparnasse; Paris (France)
Language
French
English
Classification
Information Forms
Category
Fliers
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lewis H. Weinstein
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:24
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