The book for the German children, published by Julius Streicher called the Giftpilz (The Poison Mushroom) sought to educate 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!
The Poisonous Mushroom
Story by Ernst Hiemer.
Illustration by Philipp Rupprecht (also known as Fips)
Just as it is often hard to tell a toadstool from an edible mushroom, so too it is often very hard to recognise the
Jew as a swindler and criminal.
A mother and her young boy are gathering mushrooms in the German forest. The boy finds some poisonous
ones. The mother explains that there are good mushrooms and poisonous ones, and, as they go home, says:
Look, Franz, human beings in this world are like the mushrooms in the forest. There are good mushrooms and
there are good people. There are poisonous, bad mushrooms and there are bad people. And we have to be on our
guard against bad people just as we have against poisonous mushrooms. Do you understand that?
Yes, mother, Franz replies. I understand that in dealing with bad people trouble may arise, just as when one eats
a poisonous mushroom. One may even die!
And do you know, too, who these bad men are, these poisonous mushrooms of mankind? the mother continued.
Franz slaps his chest in pride: Of course I know, mother! They are the Jews! Our teacher has often told us about
The mother praises her boy for his intelligence, and goes on to explain the different kinds of poisonous Jews:
the Jewish pedlar, the Jewish cattle dealer, the Kosher butcher, the Jewish doctor, the baptised Jew, and so on.
However they disguise themselves, or however friendly they try to be, affirming a thousand times their good
intentions to us, one must not believe them. Jews they are and Jews they remain. For our folk they are poison.
Like the poisonous mushroom! says Franz.
Yes, my child! Just as a single poisonous mushrooms can kill a whole family, so a solitary Jew can destroy a
whole village, a whole city, even an entire folk.
Franz has understood.
Tell me, mother, do all non Jews know that the Jew is as dangerous as a poisonous mushroom?
Mother shakes her head.
Unfortunately not, my child. There are millions of non Jews who do not yet know the Jews. So we have to
enlighten people and warn them against the Jews. Our young people, too, must be warned. Our boys and girls
must learn to know the Jew. They must learn that the Jew is the most dangerous poison mushroom in existence.
Just as poisonous mushrooms spring up everywhere, so the Jew is found in every country in the world. Just as
poisonous mushrooms often lead to the most dreadful calamity, so the Jew is the cause of misery and distress,
illness and death.