Philipp Rupprecht (1900-1975) illustrated children's books in Germany to help warn children about the dangers of Jews.
|Jewish perverts attempt to lure Aryan children with candy|
|Learning to recognize Jews by the shapes of their noses|
His knack for drawing Jews earned him a position as the political cartoonist for the Nazi newspaper, The Stormtrooper, where he worked enthusiastically from 1925 to 1945.
|"Jewish Murder Plan against Gentile Humanity Revealed"|
|Wealthy Jews attempt to seduce blonde women with money|
Hitler believed the arts were a crucial tool for shaping public opinion. His government commissioned thousands of patriotic works and sponsored art competitions and festivals in villages and towns to reinforce his message with the public. Recognizing the importance of political cartoons, the government released Rupprecht from military service so he could continue drawing for The Stormtrooper. Hitler supported the newspaper until the end of the war, despite shortages and competing demands for resources.
Those were truly the golden years for government sponsored hate mongering. Since that time, funding seems to have tapered off.
This may be partly because things didn't work out so well for poor Philipp. At the end of World War II, with Germany in ruins, Rupprecht was put on trial for his role as a cheerleader for the massacre of millions of innocents. He was sentenced to six years hard labor. After his release from prison he worked quietly as a painter in Munich until his death in 1975.
Despite the mountains of meticulous documentation produced during the war crimes trials, some still refuse to believe the concentration camps occurred. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly complained about “the myth of the massacre of Jews known as the Holocaust,” asserting that “The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened.”
Khamenei's words alone have proven unpersuasive to most sane people, so Iranian forces have begun a talent search for the next Philipp Rupprecht. Perhaps pictures can galvanize public opinion where words have failed.
In December 2015 the Tehran International Cartoon Biennial announced a cash prize of $50,000 for the best cartoon about the Holocaust. An exhibition displaying 150 of the best Holocaust cartoons from the Tehran Biennial will open this week, timed to coincide with the anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
When the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was confronted with the contest he attempted to minimize the government's official role, but the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum did an excellent job of tracking the funding for the competition to official Iranian sources.