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Amanda Marquez
Professor Batty
English 113A
14 December 2014
Two Stories with the Same Meaning
Many have heard about the Holocaust, but the propaganda Hitler used is not as well
known. Hitler and the Nazi party used propaganda to paint a negative image of the Jewish
people. The cartoons I will be describing show images can have strong effects on people. Hitler
portrayed the Jewish people in a negative light. People had no idea what was really going on,
they just knew the words of a powerful man were meaningful to them. Hitler’s hatred for the
Jews was because he said they caused World War II, shortage of food, diseases, that they were
abnormal and much more. They would tell the Jews that the camps they were going to were
going to be “fun”, which weren’t at all. Hitler rounded up an army called the Nazi’s and started
forcing The Jews to first wear The Star of David so they could easily be identified as Jewish.
Hitler brainwashed people during the Holocaust became more realistic when the cartoons of
Jewish people were posted as “not normal” but the public was brainwashed and believed it all.
The propaganda posted around the town in Germany portrayed Jews as abnormal. In the
first picture they have oversized a Jewish man’s nose, eyes, eyebrows and head to look out of the
ordinary. It is up close and to the side to give the person a closer look to what the Nazi’s wanted
them to believe the Jewish people looked like. The photo is to the side because when we usually
look at other we don’t notice their flaws from the front and when you view them from the side
they become more distinct to you. They drew a shadow to give the people a better view on how
this “isn’t” how people are supposed to look. This picture sent the message that the Jewish

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people are different than everyone else, but in reality no one could be exactly the same. The
picture is in black and white to provide darkness in the picture. The words on the top say “Jews”
are big which provides an overbearing feeling when someone reads the poster. It also makes the
blame overpowering the Jewish people. The words on the bottom are a bit smaller and in cursive
even out the picture so that all the words aren’t overpowering. The poster creates an insulting
point of view to the Jewish people, but a certain choice to those against the Jewish people. The
Nazi’s were trying to have an inferiority belief that they look out of the ordinary. This photo
creates sad emotions because of the frown. Those who are non-Jewish view it as a negative
content and putting the blame on them. The shapes such as round and sharp represent the sadness
and straight forward they are portraying. The Nazi’s drew small details such as a little bit of hair
and a 5 o’clock shadow to show more unusual the Jewish people are. As for the words on the
image translates to “Jews Imagine”, which seems to mean that the Jewish people imagine
themselves as normal, but the world thinks different of them.
As for the second image it has some of the same characteristics of the first image by the
exaggeration of the person’s body. This picture illustrates the pointing finger as more powerful
because of the dark colors around the Jewish person and a lighter color around the pointing
finger signaling one is better that the other. The image is at a distance to put the Jew to shame
because of all the things they’ve supposedly done. As for the finger it is strictly point to the one
who is strictly to blame for all the mess happening. This photo portrays an emotional effect
because of the dark colors, which makes it sad and a confidence for those on the opposing side.
The different colors also make it overpowering and confusing because of the highlighted parts.
The words on the image translate to “who is to blame for the wars”, which the finger points to
the Jewish person, which makes the image very powerful by the way it made the hand, stand out.

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The shapes in this photo are very round to give a comfortable feeling that the poster is
representing a good message. Both of these images describe a piece of the prejudice that was
going around back then. Story after story were being put upon the Jews as being labeled for
different negative thing. As for an event to have happened a while back doesn’t mean these
prejudice and racism don’t happen still. Many of these problems do, just not to the extreme as
Hitler made it to. Others tend to spread stories about different people and conclude that everyone
of that race or religion as the same. In reality no one will ever look the same, nor will they all act
the same.
As many years went by prejudice reduced only a bit. Prejudice and racism still goes on in
all different country till this day. Everyday many try to their best help reduce it but without every
ones contribute it is difficult. In the chapter Civilization by Oliver Goldsmith explains how
prejudice is viewed by different classes. “Did these prejudices prevail only among the meanest
and lowest of the people, perhaps they might be excused, as they have few, if any, opportunities
of correcting them by reading, traveling, or conversing with foreigners; but the misfortune is,
that they infect the minds, and influence the conduct, even of a gentlemen” (Goldsmith 591).
This quote explains how people of all classes can have prejudice. This relates to the cartoons
because of the prejudice that was being passed through the propaganda the Nazi’s were
portraying affected all types of people. Those being brainwashed were people from all classes,
though they were not fully educated of the real facts about the Jewish people and only believe
the convincing words of Hitler. Hitler would punish those helping the Jewish people by sending
them to the same camps or killing them that instant. The Nazi’s blamed the Jewish people
because they had no one else to blame for all the events happening. Those who are less fortunate
don’t always have a choice to choose who they want to believe so they follow along to what they

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are forced to. Also those who are fortunate may also have the same effect to have that status of
being wealthy.
The Holocaust may have ended, but the prejudice still goes on even until today. The
world lets society make stories of any one, but no one can fully stop it. It will continue for years
if we only see it as one perspective and not open minded. We as humans want to believe
everything we hear, but when we do it becomes trouble. As a result of everything, it is sad to
know people don’t have the time to ask or find out what is the truth. We all make assumptions to
everything, but forget what the right thing to do is. We ourselves don’t like to hear stories of our
culture or religion because people begin to view us different, yet we do it ourselves to others.
These two stories both shared the same fear of not living normal lives because society didn’t put
them in the normal category. They were seen as something wrong. Even when the war ended or
when segregation ended, all these occurrences continue today.

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Work Cited
Goldsmith, Oliver. "Civilization." The Mc-Graw Hill Reader. 4th ed. United States: McGrawHill, 1976. 586-93. Print.

"Juden Stellen Sich Vor." Wolfsonian-FIU. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, n.d.
Web. 30 Sept. 2014.
"Why Did Hitler Hate Jews?" Anne Frank House. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

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