Antisemitic Poster

This propagandistic poster displays key aspects of Nazi antisemitism and racial ideology, which asserted the supremacy of the “Aryan race” and the need to purify Germany of Jews.

Unknown Artist

Plagued by political unrest and economic depression in the post-World War I era, Germany was fertile ground for the rise of extreme right-wing nationalist organizations. Among them was the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), commonly known as the Nazi Party. Many Germans placed their hopes for national revival in the Nazis and their leader, Adolf Hitler, who was elected to the chancellery in 1933.

At the core of Nazism was a racial ideology which asserted the supremacy of the “Aryan race” over all others. Antisemitism played a central role in this ideology, with Jews seen as the embodiment of absolute evil, and their defeat necessary for the racial purification and national salvation of the German people.

This propagandistic poster, published during the Nazi era, contrasts Jews with “true” Germans. Here, the German is pictured as farmer and industrial worker, who is “settled” and “loves his fatherland,” while the Jew is shown as “always restless,” wandering from one host land to another.

Hanne Hirsch Liebmann

Testimony of Hanne Hirsch Liebmann

Liebmann describes harassment and anti-Jewish sentiment in Germany during the 1930s. Filmed 1990.

From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Name: Antisemitic Poster
Artist: Unknown Artist
Location:
Origin: Germany, 1933 - 1945
Medium: Work on paper
Dimensions: 15 3/16 x 11 7/16 in.
Credit: Gift of Mrs. Marjorie Rightman, Dr. Burt Rightman Estate  
Catalog Number: HA79.1
Asher LibraryAntisemitism in the Third Reich

Hermann Graml (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1992)

External ResourceAntisemitism in History

Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Asher LibraryThe Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda

David Welch (London; New York: Routledge, 1993)

Asher LibraryThe Nazi Conscience

Claudia Koonz (Cambridge, MA; London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003)