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Anti-Semitic violence and imperial wars: Whitsun in Leißling

  • Object
  • Unbekannt
  • Leißling (Ort)
  • 1936

At the procession in Leißling in June 1936, one group dressed up as »Jews« and carried signs, such as »I have to leave Germany / because of racial defilement«. Their game alluded to the anti­Semitic humiliations and disfranchisements in connection with the so­called Nuremberg Race Laws (September 1935). Another group in desert uniforms and white robes related to the annexation of the Abyssinian Empire (today Eritrea and Ethiopia) by fascist Italy (1935–1936). This game­playing of both groups shows not only that anti­Semitic persecution and imperial wars were focused on in provincial German towns. It also received applause, thereby having a community-building effect.

Detailed information

HU Hahne-Niehoff Archive
Object type
Original title
Kleinbildfilm "Leißling" (Detail)
Place of origin
Leißling (Ort)
Inventory number
IfEE-HNN: Kb-film 03/017-38
ca. 3,5 x 3,6 cm
Plastic (Cellulose nitrate film, black and white negative, inverted)
Exhibition Format
Rights statement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Hahne-Niehoff-Archiv
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
HU01 After Nature / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 04 Three Archives in Reciprocal View