Picturing anti-Semitism in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands: Anti-Jewish Stereotyping in a racist Second World War Comic Strip

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Abstract

In 1942, the Dutch weekly magazine Volk en Vaderland, which propagated the political opinions of the Dutch National Socialists in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, published a comic strip, “Rare, maar ware commentaren” (Odd, but true comments). In it, the illustrator, Peter Beekman (1911–1959) depicted current events and the various perceived enemies of National Socialist society, Jews in particular, providing insight into how the genre was deployed in the Nazi propaganda machine. This article analyses the use of six dominant anti-Semitic themes which appeared in this particular wartime comic strip, but which were also a reflection of wider anti-Jewish stereotyping present throughout Europe at the time, including those of “otherness,” greediness and Judeo-Communism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComic books, graphic novels and the Holocaust
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond Maus
EditorsEwa Stanczyk
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages8-23
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-59864-5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Anti-semitism
  • World War II
  • Comics
  • Nationalsocialism
  • propaganda
  • Dutch History

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