The Jewish nose is bent. It looks like the number six.
The 7th year boys’ class is dealing with the question of how to recognise a Jew. The teacher, Birkmann, has made various drawings on the blackboard to assist the class. The boy Karl stands before the board with a pointer and explains the drawings.
One can tell a Jew by his nose. The Jewish nose is bent at the tip. It looks like a figure 6. It’s called the ‘Jewish six.’ Lots of non-Jews have bent nose too. But their noses are bent higher up. That kind of nose is called a ‘hook nose’ or ‘eagle nose.’ They have nothing to do with the Jewish nose.
Encouraged by the teacher, Karl points out that the lips are another distinguishing feature; they are usually puffed up. The eyebrows are: Usually thicker and more fleshy than ours.
From the eyes one can see that the Jew is: a false, deceitful person.
The best scholar in the class, Fritz Müller then comes to the front and continues. Fritz points out that Jews are usually: Middle sized and have short legs. Their arms too, are usually short. Many Jews have curved legs and are flat footed. They often have a low slanting forehead. We call it a retreating forehead. Many criminals have such foreheads. The Jews are also criminals. Their hair is mostly dark and often curled like the hair of Negroes. Their ears are very big and look like the handle of a coffee cup.
Two other boys add their contribution. One deals with variations, such as blond Jews, and the other with the peculiarities of Jewish movements and speech.
When the Jew speaks, he waves his hands around. It is called ‘fiddling.’ His voice often breaks when he is talking. The Jew almost always talks through his nose.
He often has: A repugnant, sweetish smell. A fine nose can always smell a Jew.
With these answers the teacher is satisfied.
“That how it is, kids. You have paid attention! If you pay attention outside school and keep your eyes open, you won’t be fooled by the Jews.”
Illustration by Philipp Rupprecht (Fips)
Excerpt from the book ‘Der Giftpilz’ (The Poisonous Mushroom)