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The status of workers in India - an anti-British and antisemitic publication in the midst of World War II. Berlin, 1941

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Положај Радничка у Индији - "The status of Workers in India" - Antisemitic publication against Britain and Jews during World War II, by Hermai Frich, published by the "German Information Office", Berlin 1941 - first edition. Serbian.

"The way women and children are employed in India is a new example of the harshness and cruelty of British business methods, the main thing is that India contributes more and more to the further enrichment of Great Britain..." - An antisemitic and anti-British publication issued in Berlin in 1941. As is known, from the early 19th century until the 1940s, the British ruled the Indian subcontinent in what was called "British India". The author, identified with Nazi ideology, tries throughout the book to show the degrading attitude of the British towards Indians under their rule, mainly in the employment sector, in order to justify Germany's Nazi war against England, and to portray England ruled by Jews as the evil side in the war.

The author describes at length the difficult situation of Indians under British rule in their country: Indian workers in Bombay work for a minimum wage for long hours a day, mine workers remain underground for three days or more, millions of Indian workers are exposed to arbitrary violence by their employers, workers wanting employment are forced to provide bribes, small children aged seven and eight are employed in factories illegally, hygiene in India is poor, living conditions for Indian workers are difficult - they live in huts unprotected from rain, and all this in comparison to the British ruler living in excellent conditions. For example, one of the photos shows the poor huts of railway workers near the tracks, compared to a magnificent British summer residence. After presenting all this, he concludes logically that in the war between Nazi Germany and the British Empire, one should ally with Nazi Germany, the "freedom fighter", and not with Britain, the "true enslaver". The attack throughout the book is directed at the British Empire, but the author also "plants" accusations against the ruling Jews, for example trying to illustrate British enslavement in India with a photo captioned "Thief and Victim" showing a British master next to a thin Indian, described as: "This English Jew is so shameless that he stands next to his victim facing the camera, capitalists growing in India, workers dying of starvation". The cover design also hints at the enslaving Jewish master, showing a master holding a whip under the moaning indian, in forced labor.
Among other things, there is a photo showing Indian workers lying in the street with the caption: "Died in the struggle against English oppression. In British India, the worker's life meant little. Who cares if thousands are silenced and die in the struggle against brutal violence, what does it matter if thousands die of hunger, the main thing is that work doesn't stop and English pockets fill up". Another photo showing female Indian workers describes Indian women as disadvantaged because they have no legal protection, they are forcibly employed in mines underground, the writer claims that 69% of Indian women are employed in mines.

After detailing the difficult situation of Indians at length, in the last chapter the writer explains the purpose of the book. On September 3, 1939, Britain declared war on the German Reich, with the goal of the English being "to break Hitlerism" that enslaves peoples under it. The writer argues that Britain is actually hypocritical, as it is the one enslaving the Indian people, and now presents itself as a fighter for freedom. "While the German army, in the words of Adolf Hitler, is paving the way for the most glorious victory in German history... the world needs to know that British-style capitalism is one of the most disgusting tools aimed at destroying the freedom of individual peoples".

Extremely rare. Not listed in the World Cat library catalog.

90, [2] p. Original cover with illustrated jacket. Minor stains. Good - Very good condition.

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94. The status of workers in India - an anti-British and antisemitic publication in the midst of World War II. Berlin, 1941