Why the Jews Let Themselves Be Baptized
by Der Stürmer
Background: This story comes from Der Giftpilz, an anti-Semitic children’s book published by Julius Streicher, the publisher of Der Stürmer.
This story tells about the baptizing of a Jewish man and his wife. The picture shows a fat, sallow-faced man and a pink-powdered woman coming out of Church, both holding large prayer-books in their hands, while the priest at the Church door is giving them a parting blessing. Two blond German girls in the background comment upon this scene. They comment on their appearance and point out that the baptism makes no difference: they are Jews just the same.
Anne says: “Do you know our girls’ leader once told us : ‘Just as little as a Negro can be made into a German by baptism, can a Jew be made into a non-Jew.’ “
Grete stamps her feet angrily on the ground: “I do not understand these priests who go on baptizing Jews even today. By doing so they admit a criminal mob into the churches.”
Anne concludes: “I believe a time will come when the Christians will curse the clergy who once allowed Jews to enter the Christian Church. For the Jews only want to destroy the Christian Church. And they will destroy it if our clergy go on allowing Jews to enter. There is a saying:
‘If a Jew comes along
Wanting a priest to baptize him,
Be on your guard and beware;
Jew remains always Jew!
Baptismal water helps not a jot.
That does not make the Jew any better!
He is a Devil in Time
And remains so through Eternity!’”