“Liebesgabe zum Antisemitischen Agitationsfond” is a stamp proving payment of fees (Beitragsmarke) produced by the entourage of Wilhelm Marr and Ernst Schmeitzner, around 1880. Producing stamps and using sovereign signs was for the fragmented antisemitic movement a mean to appear publicly as an authority. The price of the stamp is stated to be a “gift of love” (Liebesgabe) for a fund for antisemitic agitation.
Original size of each stamp: 4,4 x 3,2 cmFig. 2
From the 1890s onwards stickers with the slogan “Don’t buy from Jews” designed like official seals were disseminated on letters and in the public sphere. The „Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens“ reported about these stamps seen in Leipzig and Aschaffenburg (Bavaria).
Original size: 3,5 cm diameter
A small classified advertisement (in “Deutsch-Soziale Blätter” 1896) promoted stamps availble in sheets with 100 or 1000 pieces. In Berlin a museum director noticed in 1893: “I found small red stickers (with the slogan “Don’t buy from Jews”) glued on the wall in several compartments of the urban railway between the stations Zoologischer Garten and Börse in March at 8 o’clock a.m.”
A 32-stamp sheet with “Quotes from famous men about Jews”. The quotes are extracts from Theodor Fritsch's book “Anti-Semitic Catechism” intended to decorate letters and postcards, around 1897.
Original size of the sheet: 22,5 x 20 cm
Fig. 5Postcard with a letter decoration stamp (Briefverschlussmarke) quoting Bismarck: “Jews don’t have a homeland. They are somehow generally-European cosmopolitan. They are nomads.” The postcard was stamped in Frankfurt in 1909.
Original size of the stamp: 5,5 x 3 cm
Skillfully decorated stamps were available in different colours with a huge variety of anti-Jewish quotes, from Kaiser Wilhelm II, Franz List, Johann Gottfried Herder; Eugen Dühring, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and many others. The letter decoration stamps represent the full range of antisemitic views and stereotypes.
Original size of each stamp: 5,5 x 3 cm
The decorating stamps used quotes from famous authorities to legitimize antisemitism. Some sayings were quoted out of context or incorrectly as on this example using Friedrich II. Another technique was to quote Jewish authors or authorities such as Theodor Mommsen, who organzied liberal resistance against antisemitism. This card was stamped in Rheinhessen in 1911.
Original size of the stamp: 5,5 x 3 cm
The Frankfurt Hotel “Kölner Hof” barred Jews since 1895 and advertises itself as the “only Jew-free hotel” in the city. From 1895 till 1914 it used a varity of antisemitic media and created an own mixture of advertising and propaganda. This specifically designed seal exists in different variants, the green one is probably around1900, the red seal was realeased around 1935 as a jubilee edition “Judenfrei seit 40 Jahren”.
Original size of the stamp: 7 cm diameter
In the tradition of the very popular picture sheets from the 19th century the Kölner Hof issued in 1912 a sheet with collection stamps (without franking). The collection consisted of twelve caricatures showing an anti-semitic group of figures such as “the scrounger or new immigrant citizen”, “peddler”, “rabbi”, “lawyer“ or “banker”.
Original size of the sheet: 30 x 16,8 cm
The “volkish” movement used for its propaganda among other media small adhesive labels. The slogan Los von Juda [Away from Juda] derived from the Austrian movement Los-von-Rom-Bewegung [Away from Rome!] which aimed at the incorporation of an Austria, freed from the Pope, into Germany. The label combines two anti-Semitic catch phrases with a map of a Greater German Reich and a pictorial incitement to throw Jews out of the country.
Original size of the label: 11 x 8 cm
Even Ant-Antisemites used this medium. This sticker says: “Fanatical Jew-baiters mostly end in the madhouse like Pückler and others”. Graf Walter Pückler-Klein was an infamous antisemitic agitator. In 1908 he was committed to a psychiatric institution. Probably the label dates from the same time.
Original size of the label: 6,5 x 6,5 cm
The well-known socialist slogan “Antisemitism is the socialism of fools” is on this sticker attributed to the liberal German Emporer Friedrich III who was German Emperor and King of Prussia in 1888. It is imaginable that the label was issued in the social environment of the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens. Original size of the label: 7,6 x 6 cm
Isabel Enzenbach, born 1963 in München. Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. 1990 M.A. in Protestant Theology, Ph D. in History. Main research interests: Anti-Semitism in 19th and 20th century, Visual Histor, Teaching about the Holocaust, Anti-Semitismus, Racism und other forms of exclusion. Last publications: Alltagskultur des Antisemitismus im Kleinformat. Vignetten der Sammlung Wolfgang Haney ab 1880, ed. together with Wolfgang Haney, (Berlin: Metropol, 2012); Klischees im frühen historischen Lernen. Jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart, Nationalsozialismus und Judenfeindschaft im Grundschulunterricht, (Berlin: Metropol, 2011).
 See Im deutschen Reich (1896) 10, 2, S. 522