NAZI Children's Literature

Figure 1.--German children were taught the most vicious stories imaginable about Jews. This illustration is from "Der Giftplitz", a children's book published by Julius Streicher. Some schools used it as a text book to teach reading. The caption read, "Here, kids, I have some candy for you. But you have to come ith me ..."

The NAZIs also introduced their major themes into children's books. Children's literature in the Third Reich was geared towards teaching children at an early age the evils of the Jewish race. One example of this literature is Der Giftpilz (Toadstool), a collection of stories about Jews published by the vicious anti-semite Julius Streicher who operated a publishing house. Some German schools even used this book to teach young children how to read, although orignally published as a textbook.

Christopher Wagner

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