lundi 24 novembre 2014




"Der Giftpilz" (The Poison Mushroom) was published in 1938 by Stürmer Verlag of Nürnberg, Germany in follow-up to an earlier success "Trau keinem Fuchs auf grüner Heid und keinem Jud bei seinem Eid" (Don't Trust a Fox in a Green Meadow Or a Jew Under Oath) in 1936. Like the “Fox” book, “The Poison Mushroom” was written by Stürmer Hauptschriftleiter Ernst Hiemer and illustrated with 18 colorful paintings by Philipp "Fips" Rupprecht. In addition to being a book publisher, Stürmer Verlag was a newspaper publisher, publishing both the enormously anti-Jewish daily Der Stürmer and the Fränkischer Tageszeitung. Because of the anti-Semitic nature of everything published by Stürmer Verlag during the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler, most of it was destroyed when the Allies purged Germany of Nazi literature after World War II. Today, single copies of the newspaper Der Stürmer can sell for prices in excess of $250.00. Original examples of Der Giftpilz have sold at auction for $3000.00.Der Giftpilz is the story that begins with a mother explaining to her child how mushrooms are somewhat like people - some are good and some are poison. The book then expands on the comparison by equating Jews to poison mushrooms.



The 18 Fips illustrations used in Der Giftpilz are reproduced as a matching set of full-color prints 7 inches wide centered on 8-1/2 x 11 inch matt white art paper suitable for framing, binding, or use in museum displays or other educational material. Packaged with the 18 Fips color prints is a full set of English language translations for the original captions in the book. The set includes all the pictures shown below as well as the cover illustrations above left. Each of these full-color prints of a 1938 Fips Giftpilz illustration is reproduced 7 inches (18 cm) wide, centered on a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 inch (22 x 29 cm) matt white art paper, approximately the same size as the original illustrations.


Philipp Fips RupprechtFips was a famous German illustrator of books and and staff caricaturist for publisher Julius Streicher’s huge circulation anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper "Der Stürmer". Philipp Rupprecht was born in Nürnberg, Germany on 4 September 1900 and at age 20 he traveled to Argentina, where he worked as a waiter and a cowboy. Returning to Germany a couple of years later he began a career as cartoonist at the "Fränkischen Tagespost," a Socialist newspaper. He was told to draw a cartoon of Frankenführer and Nazi Gauleiter Julius Streicher, but instead he drew a cartoon of Streicher’s opponent and Lord Mayor of Nürnberg, Hermann Luppe. This action brought him to the attention of Streicher who hired him to work at "Der Stürmer" in the mid-1920s.
Der Stürmer
FipsUnder the professional name "Fips" Rupprecht became the caricaturist for "Der Stürmer" for which he created the "stereotypical Jew"; swarthy and unshaven, with a big nose and bulging eyes. He worked for "Der Stürmer" until the last issue in February 1945. Among his best-known works were illustrations for the heavily anti-Jewish books "Trau keinem Fuchs auf grüner Heid und keinem Jud bei seinem Eid" (Don't Trust a Fox in a Green Meadow or a Jew Under Oath) and "Der Giftpilz" (The Poison Mushroom).
At the beginning of the war in 1939, Rupprecht served in the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) but was released from duty because of his obvious value to wartime Nazi propaganda. He was imprisoned by the Allies at the end of the war and sentenced to 6 years at hard labor. On 23 October 1950 he was released from Labor Camp Eichstätt and began work as a painter and decorator in München (Munich) and nearby Starnberg. "Fips" was married twice and had two sons and two daughters. He died in Munich on 4 April 1975.


The Poison Mushroom
Hunting mushrooms in a forest a mother tells her son Franz - “Among mushrooms, as with humans, one must be able to tell the good ones from poison ones, and it is also often difficult to recognize Jews as swindlers and criminals.”
Seventh grade teacher Mr. Birkmann listens as the boys in his class explain how they recognize Jews. Little Karl Scholz says - "The Jewish nose bows near the end like the number six."

A boy Fritz, observing three traveling Jews in the center of a small town says to his companion Karl - "Just look at these guys! The lousy beards! The filthy, protruding ears...."

A Rabbi instructing 13 year old Sally Blumenstock tells him - “It is written in the Talmud that: ‘Only Jews are human beings. Non-Jews are not people but are to be regarded as beasts. And because we regard non-Jews as beasts we call them Goy.”BdM girls Anni and Grete observe converted Jew, department store owner Vielchenblau and his wife Rebekka leaving a church. Grete says - “He is still a Jew despite being baptized....”

Observing the Jew Rosenfeld demanding money from farmer Heiner and his wife, little Paul in an adjacent field with his father cutting hay says- “When I have a farm no Jew will ever enter my house.”

Jewish cloth seller Samuel Levy attempts to interest a farmer’s wife in his wares saying- “Lady, today I have something very special. Look at this fabric! From this my little farmer wife, you can have garments like those seen on a baroness, a princess or a queen....”Small children Hans and his sister Else are confronted by an elderly Jew offering candy who says - "Here, kids, have some sweets! But both of you must come with me..."

"Just look at these guys! The louse-infested beards! The filthy, protruding ears..."
Twenty-three year old Rosa arrives in an unfamiliar railway station. She muses “In the station a man waited for me. He doffed his hat and was very friendly to me. But at the same time I realized he was a Jew....”

After taking money to represent both Frau Kraus and Frau Eckert, two Jewish lawyers converse outside the court “Well, colleague Mr. Morgenthau, the two of us have always made good business. Marvelous, colleague Mr. Silberstein! Now we have gotten the Goy women to bring us their beautiful money which we can put in our bag.”
Kurt and Otto watch through a window as four Jews slaughter an animal “The animal is thrown to the floor. It is a slow death. The Jews then stand around, laughing.”

“When you see a crucifix, think about the horrible murder committed by the Jews at Calvary...”
A Jew sits atop a bag of money in front of the
Stock Exchange - “The God of the Jews is
money, and for money they will commit the
greatest crimes. A Jew won’t rest until he can
sit on a huge money bag as King of Money.” 
Georg Hartmann decided to become a Nazi when he heard a Jew yell - “We don’t give a hoot about Germany. The main thing is that things go well for us.”

A Jew, Salomon, is talking to other men in a bar says- “They always say about us Jews that we cheat other people through lies and fraud. Not a word of it is true. We Jews are the most respectable of people.”

Young Hitler Youth members look at a poster with a picture of Julius Streicher above his motto: The Jews are our Misfortune- “He who battles the Jews finds himself in a wrestling match with the devil.” A quote from Julius
Streicher, owner of Der Stürmer

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