Julius Streicher on Jewish ritual murder (1934)

In 1934, the Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher repeated allegations of Jewish ritual murder (the notorious ‘blood libel‘) in the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer. Extract reproduced with the permission of the German Propaganda Archive.

“The Jews are under a terrible suspicion the world over. He who does not know this does not understand the Jewish problem. Anyone who merely sees the Jews, as Heinrich Heine (Chaim Bueckburg) described them, “a tribe which secures its existence with exchange and old trousers and whose uniforms are long noses”, is being misled.

But anyone who knows the monstrous accusation which has been raised against the Jews since the beginning of time, will view these people in a different light. He will begin to see not only a peculiar, strangely fascinating nation, but criminals, murderers, and devils in human form. He will be filled with holy anger and hatred against these people.

The suspicion under which the Jews are held is murder. They are charged with enticing Gentile children and Gentile adults, butchering them, and draining their blood. They are charged with mixing this blood into the unleavened bread baked for their masses,  which is used to practice superstitious magic. They are charged with torturing their victims, especially the children, and during this torture they shout threats, curses, and cast spells against the Gentiles. This systematic murder has a special name. It is called Ritual Murder.

The knowledge of Jewish ritual murder is thousands of years old. It is as old as the Jews themselves. The Gentiles have passed the knowledge of it from generation to generation, and it has been passed down to us through writings. It is known of throughout the nation. Knowledge of ritual murder can be found even in the most secluded rural villages. The grandfather tells his grandchildren, who pass it on to his children, and his children’s children, until we have inherited the knowledge today.

It is also befalling other nations. The accusation is immediately raised loudly, anywhere in the world, where a body is found which bears the marks of ritual murder. Historically, the accusation is raised only against the Jews. Hundreds and hundreds of other races, tribes, and nations live on this earth, but no one has ever attempted to accuse them of the planned murder of children for religious purposes.

All nations have hurled this accusation against the Jews, and many great men have confirmed the accusation. Dr Martin Luther writes in his book ‘On the Jews and their Lies’: “They stabbed and pierced the body of the young boy Simon of Trent. They have also murdered other children…The sun never did shine on a more bloodthirsty and revengeful people as they, who imagine themselves to be the people of God, and who desire to and think they must murder and crush the heathen. Jesus Christ, the Almighty Preacher from Nazareth, spoke to the Jews: ‘Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning.'”