The Jewish nose is bent. It looks like the number six.
The 7th year boys’ class is dealing with the question of how to recognise a Jew. The teacher, Birkmann, has
made various drawings on the blackboard to assist the class. The boy Karl stands before the board with a pointer
and explains the drawings.
One can tell a Jew by his nose. The Jewish nose is bent at the tip. It looks like a figure 6. So we call them
Figure sixes. Many non Jews also have bent noses. But in their case the nose is bent up, not down. They have
nothing to do with the Jewish nose.
Encouraged by the teacher, Karl points out that the lips are another distinguishing feature; they are usually
puffed up. The eyebrows are: Usually thicker and more fleshy than ours.
From the eyes one can see that the Jew is: A false, deceitful person.
The best scholar in the class, Fritz Müller then comes to the front and continues. Fritz points out that Jews are
usually: Middle sized and have short legs. Their arms too, are usually short. Many Jews have curved legs and
are flat footed. They often have a low slanting forehead. We call it a retreating forehead. Many criminals have
such foreheads. The Jews are also criminals. Their hair is mostly dark and often curled like the hair of Negroes.
Their ears are very big and look like the handle of a coffee cup.
Two other boys add their contribution. One deals with variations, such as blond Jews, and the other with the
peculiarities of Jewish movements and speech.
The Jew talks nearly always through his nose.
He often has: A repugnant, sweetish smell. A fine nose can always smell a Jew.
With these answers the teacher is satisfied.
He turns the board round. The following verses are written on it and are recited by the children:
The book for the German children, published by Julius Streicher called the Giftpilz (The Poison Mushroom) sought to educated children in the ways of the jüdischen Parasiten. It is still true today and there are lessons to be learned from it, not just for children either!