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ERIC Number: ED184164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Julius Streicher and the Rhetorical Foundations of the Holocaust.
Bytwerk, Randall L.; Brooks, Robert D.
Julius Streicher, the German publisher sentenced to death in the Nuremberg trials for rhetorical crimes against humanity, published the widely-read and virulently anti-semitic weekly tabloid "Der Stuermer" from 1923 to 1945. Through Streicher's rhetoric and through the publication's cartoons, Jews were depicted as bacilli, vampires, rats, and other loathsome, inhuman creatures. When presented in human form, Jews were depicted as extremely inferior and deformed examples of humanity, lacking the nobler attributes of humankind and possessed of mysterious powers stemming from their demonic, supremely evil natures. To support his argument that Jews were involved in a sinister conspiracy against society, Streicher presented thousands of cases of alleged Jewish crimes and devoted a tremendous amount of space to alleged Jewish attempts to destroy Gentile society through sexual corruption and murder. To counteract the belief that there were some decent Jews, Streicher presented "evidence" that each and every Jew was depraved and dangerous. Streicher's rhetoric reflected the three cardinal principles of Nazi propaganda--simplicity, repetition, and emotional appeal--and showed his sound grasp of persuasive techniques. His rhetoric, along with other Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda, isolated and distanced Jews from other Germans, gradually establishing the moral climate that sanctioned the Holocaust. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Germany; Nazism; Streicher (Julius)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 1980)