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Walk in My Shoes: Collected Memories of the Holocaust

Persecution and Flight: The Nazi Campaign Against the Jews

The Jewish Ghetto

Never Forget: Visions of the Nazi Camps

World Holocaust Memorials



Between 1935 and 1936 persecution of the Jews increased apace while the process of "Gleichschaltung"  was implemented.

In May 1935, Jews were forbidden to join the Wehrmacht (the army), and in the summer of the same year, anti-Semitic propaganda appeared in shops and restaurants.

The Nuremberg Laws were passed around the time of the great Nazi rallies at Nuremberg; on September 15, 1935 the "Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honor" was passed, preventing marriage between any Jew and Gentile.

These were just a few of the many acts that contributed to the persecution of the Jews, that caused them to flee their homes in Europe for safer havens. Ultimately, this persecution culminated in the Holocaust.

"Persecution and Flight: The Nazi Campaign Against the Jews," while by no means an academic study of this topic, includes a number of representations of the events that befell the Jewish people during this time.


Advertisement for anti-Semitc propaganda exhibition, Munich, 1937.

This exhibition is composed of various postal items, each an interesting piece of historical evidence from the time of the Holocaust, each unique in its own right.

All items displayed within this exhibition come to you courtesy of the Florence and Laurence Spungen Foundation.

Mail posted by Nazi officials, their allies, their collaborators, and most of all, their victims and opponents, along with some collateral material, document the catastrophe that befell Europe after Adolf Hitler assumed power in Germany on January 30, 1933. This exhibit, originally entitled "The Nazi Scourge," explores each phase of Nazi tyranny and aggression, with particular attention to the persecution and mass murder of European Jews.

You may enter the exhibition here.




Image right: A traveling, anti-Semitic propaganda exhibition titled "Der ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)" opened in Munich on November 8, 1937. Jews were portrayed as moral degenerates in exhibits, lectures, books, and posters--alternatively as money-grubbing capitalists or as Communists conspirators, either way bent on world domination.

The above photo is of a printed-to private order 6-pfennig Hindenburg Medallion picture postal card advertising the anti-Jewish exhibition.
The above text adapted in part from Wikipedia.

Text in part adapted from Wikipedia.



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