The presentation of the film “Nazi Monopoly” was held at Tel Aviv University

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Tel Aviv University’s Wiener Library for Nazism and Holocaust Studies is organizing the “Jews Out! (“Juden Raus!”), it was reported on the website of the French Association of Tel Aviv University.

The game was developed by the unknown company Guenther and Co. in late 1938, probably after Kristallnacht. produced in Nazi Germany by

It is a kind of monopoly, the goal of which is to collect six “Jewish hats” from the Jewish commercial and residential areas of the city as quickly as possible and bring them to the collection points. The first player to bring six hats to one of the collection points wins the game.

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The game board reads, among other things, “Go to Palestine!” we can read the sentence. (“Auf nach Palestine!”).

“Undoubtedly, ‘Jews out!’ It is the result of years of gross anti-Semitism and incitement to racism in German society in the 1930s that one might have thought that the expulsion of the Jews was a suitable subject for children’s play,” commented Professor Jose Brunner. Academic Director and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Wiener Library. “The game is considered unusual, even at the time, because most children were playing games where they were learning about the history, creation and development of the Nazi Party, whereas here we are talking about a game where children are actually learning to expel the Jews.” he added.

From the Nazi game “Juden Raus!” “. (Credit: French Association of Tel Aviv University)

He explained that the facts surrounding the origins of this game are controversial, even contradictory. But we do know for sure that it was spread by a food merchant named Rudolph Fabricius.

According to Professor Dina Porat from the Department of the History of the People of Israel at Tel Aviv University, “In the 1930s, children educated by the Nazi Party often played in kindergartens and schools, playing games that motivated them. identification with party institutions. The game presented in this exhibition should be considered in the general context of educational books received by children as children’s publications. The Protocols of the Elders of Zionor like a book Poisonous Mushroom scared the little girls by showing them bearded and interesting Jews. This is how the education system, whose purpose was to train the youth to assimilate the party’s ideas, worked; and indeed during the war and the Holocaust we could see the difference between those who received such education from a very young age and those who were older.”

He explained that even though the play was anti-Semitic and even the Nazis chanted, “Jews go!” used the slogan. he was not well received by the Nazi establishment.

Thus, the article published on December 29, 1938 in the weekly SS Das Schwarze Korps criticizes him harshly.

The Nazi magazine writes that the game denounces the anti-Semitic policy of German Jews, because it presents systematic labor as a game of chance, and instead of being an orderly and systematic program, it becomes a subject of deep thought. The website of the French Association of Tel Aviv University writes that the game was not well received by the German public either, and the collected evidence shows that it did not sell well.

The game “Jews out!” It came to the Wiener Library in the 1970s, when the entire archive was transferred from London to Tel Aviv University, which contains tens of thousands of Nazi-era documents.

It immediately caught the attention of library administrators, and they brought it out repeatedly to show visitors, mostly university researchers.

However, there was almost no response from the public. Now the Library officials have decided to present it in a new exhibition. As far as they know, this is one of the only original copies of the game left in the world. SS magazine Das Schwarze Korps the article in which the anti-gambling article was published is also in the Wiener Library’s collections.

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