Translated by Eckhart Verlag. Annotated by Francis Dupont. First published by the Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question in Berlin in 1938, this book became the standard work which set out to explain the policies of National Socialist Germany to the outside world.
Starting with the time of the first anti-Jewish riots in Alexandria to the Age of Enlightenment, this work shows how host nations have attempted to welcome and assimilate Jewish immigrants—but that these attempts have always ended in anti-Semitism caused by Jewish behavior.
It then moves on to a discussion of Jewish influence in Germany, starting with a detailed breakdown of Jewish numbers and areas of concentration with the 1871–1919 borders of Germany. In seven sections it explains how Jews:
– Dominated the German economy,
– Were the most financially corrupt element in pre-1933 Germany,
– Dominated the far left, socialist and revolutionary parties, ran the militant movements and were behind the numerous armed attempts to create a Soviet Germany,
– Controlled the mainstream political parties during the interwar years,
– Controlled the press in Germany,
– Dominated German culture—including the literary, film and stage worlds,
– Dominated the underworld of sexual and immoral degeneracy which characterized the “Weimar” years, and
– Made up the lion’s share of organized criminality in Weimar Germany.
Finally, this book provides the answer to the “two thousand year-old problem”—namely that a Jewish homeland is necessary—but not in Palestine, which this work presciently predicts will never be a secure Jewish state because it will cause too much trouble with the Arab world.
This new edition contains 158 annotations and 38 illustrations which will bring the present-day reader completely up-to-date with all major personages and events mentioned in this work.
“Germany had shown herself more accessible to the absorption of Jews than many other countries had done … All barriers had been taken down, all restrictions abolished, all spheres of activity opened unreservedly to the Jews—nay, leading positions were assigned to them even in those domains which were of the most vital importance for national life.
“The Jews, who numbered less than 1% of the total population of Germany, occupied the key posts in German industry. Political leadership was to a large extent in their hands. The Press and cultural life in general were predominantly under their influence. Their aggregate income exceeded that of the 99% remaining inhabitants by over one-third.
“But the Jews consistently ignored the rules of fair play as far as their credulous German partner was concerned. The overwhelming majority of them never desired to be merged in the German nation, because they were aware of the fact that their racial dissimilarity constituted an insuperable obstacle to assimilation.
“During the years of great tribulation they never hesitated to betray Germany, and to shamelessly misuse the opportunities afforded them in such abundance for their own egoistical purposes and interests. Defeatism and treason, political degradation and economic corruption, moral depravity, the debasement of all national and religious values—these were the outstanding features of a Germany dominated by the alien Jewish race. Germany had to pay dearly for the illusion that it is possible to solve the Jewish question by means of a generous effort to assimilate the Jews. She had reckoned without a factor of decisive importance: namely, the congenital, ingrained, boundless ingratitude of the Jewish race.”
Introduction: The Jewish Question—A Two Thousand Year-Old Problem
- Population figures and the social structure of the Jews
- The Jews in the German Economic Life
- Jews and Corruption
- Jews in German Politics
- Jews in German Press
- Jews in German Culture
- The share of Jews in Immorality
- The share of Jews in Criminality
Conclusion: What should be done with the Jews?
About the author: Dr. Friederich Karl Wiehe (1882–1947) was a member of the Reichstag for the Deutschnationale Volkspartei (the German National People’s Party, DNVP) from 1925 to 1931. He also served as mayor of Braunschweig and Bückeburg. After the DNVP voluntarily merged with the NSDAP in 1933, he worked for the Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question in Berlin, which published this, his most famous work.