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Issue of the French antisemitic weekly "The Pillory" - October 1940

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Issue of the French anti-Semitic weekly AU PILORI - "The Pillory", dated October 11, 1940. Under the newspaper's name appears the antisemitic caption: "Weekly Battle Against the Jews and Masons". An extreme issue founded on the eve of World War II, filled entirely with articles and caricatures against Jews.

At the top right of the issue on the title page is an illustration of a Jew holding a money bag with 100,000 francs, and the anti-Semitic caption: "Hope to be disappointed!". The main article on the title page calls to justify the published attacks against Jews in the press and to ignore any censorship on the matter. Below is a large caricature of a German soldier pointing his finger at a group of Jews with stereotypical faces and the caption: "I...you sentenced me to death!". In a framed ad in the bottom right corner it states: "There is no longer a need for "honest" people, right-thinking people, to hide problematic Jewish goods. The "Pillory" demands enacting a strict law as soon as possible that will severely punish this hypocrisy and dubious dealings".

The inner pages are full of antisemitic caricatures. One shows a lion with the Star of David on its body and the caption: "I am the great British lion" - hinting to the Jewish control of England. Also under the title: Histoire juive - Jewish History, an article addresses the shocked French public over rumors of mass executions of Jews in Poland, writing that in the absence of more information "we all teared up", addressing the public who "on the other hand, most of you are unaware of the fate brought about by the ancestors of those same Jews", describing alleged Jewish let riots in various cities in Russia in the past, and now history is settling the score with them. The article is accompanied by a caricature of a Jew with stereotypical features pointing to a family tree with Jewish names and cut-off branches. Another article calls to remove any Jewish representatives from the "Compensation Fund" for war victims, while another calls to prosecute anyone collaborating with Jews in France. On the back of the issue under the heading: "Here is the Jew Bernard, corruptor, liar, gang leader!" is a long article against Bernard Lecache (see Dynasty auction 23 item 57), president of the International League Against Antisemitism and Racism, filled with slurs and countless accusations against him. On the back of the issue is a large antisemitic caricature showing a discharged soldier arriving at a group of stereotypical Jews in the "capitalist company" worth fifty million, with the antisemitic caption: "Discharged? You're looking for work, you're kidding me, young man?". And more.

Au Pilori ("The Pillory") - an antisemitic newspaper published in occupied France during World War II. The newspaper was founded in 1938 and by 1940 had become one of the most virulently antisemitic publications in France. Financed by the Germans, the newspaper published propaganda articles against specific individuals, those "suspected" of being Jewish or Jewish sympathizers, and against professions stereotyped as Jewish such as dermatologists. The editors included Lucien Pemjean, Urbain Gohier, Robert-Jullien Courtine, Paul Vigouroux and Paul Riche (a pseudonym for Jean Mamy - producer of the antisemitic film "The Hidden Forces Behind the Revolution"). Mamy was sentenced to death for treason and executed at Fort Montrouge on March 29, 1949. Throughout the war years, the newspaper's published issues from its location at 43 rue Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. There is a similar right wing Swiss newspaper of the same name, created by Georges Oltramare, but unrelated.

4 pages. 58 cm. Complete issue. Tears reinforced with glue from print time, without damage to text. Moderate condition.

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121. Issue of the French antisemitic weekly "The Pillory" - October 1940