CHILDREN: A VULNERABLE AUDIENCE DURING THE NAZI ERA
Propaganda is a tool with immense power and potential.
Its great strength is based on
its ability to sway the opinions of masses relatively easily.
When used with good intentions,
this strength can leave a very positive impact.
For example, human rights groups such as
Amnesty International use propaganda in order to expose the plight of maltreated human
However, when used with negative intentions, propaganda has potential to be
This was the case in Germany and surrounding countries in the
early twentieth century when Nazi leaders used propaganda to gain support for their evil
For the Nazis, propaganda proved to be a weapon just as powerful, if not more
powerful, than warplanes, bombs, and guns.
Nazi propaganda took many forms- speeches, songs, movies, books, posters,
pamphlets, post cards, etc.- and had various purposes- winning elections, recruiting soldiers,
spreading anti-semitism, etc.
Although every varying form and purpose left a deep scar in
our history, no form was more evil than that targeting young children.
In this report, we
examine propaganda that specifically targets young children.
In doing so, we analyze a Nazi
Die Judenfrage im Unterricht (The Jewish Question in Education)
three of the most gruesome children books that have ever been created:
Trau keinem Fuchs
auf grüner Heid und keinem Jud bei seinem Eid (Don't Trust A Fox in A Green Meadow Or
the Oath of A Jew)
(The Poisonous Mushroom)
Pudelmopsdachelpinscher (The Poodle-Pug-Dachshund-Pincher)
“The disgust which [Aryan children] have towards [Jews] steadily increases, as does
their dislike when they meet a representative of the Jewish race. However young he may be, a
child asks himself the reasons for this dislike and disgust and wants an explanation from his