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ANSBACH 1918 "Soldiers to Heaven, Usurers to Hell" complete set Notgeld Germany

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Had to translate this one, what a document of the post-WWI attitude, after all the bloodshed and now the economy imploding:

25 Pf: How do soldiers go to heaven? On a white horse, that's how soldiers go to heaven. (Old soldiers' song)
50 Pf: How do the usurers go to hell? On a black foal, the devil's said to fetch them. (After an old soldiers' song)

The "old soldiers' song" in this case is called Ein Schifflein sah ich fahren, which I found on Youtube with lyrics subtitled both in German and English.

It seems almost certain that there is a strong element of anti-semitism here in the note with the "usurer" crouching with a bag of money, as this was a stereotype heavily linked to the anti-semitism which was unfortunately becoming more widespread at this time. The terms Wucherer ("usurer") and Schieber ("profiteer") functioned as anti-semitic "code-words" and propaganda during this time, encapsulating both stereotyping and scapegoating functions for the starving Germans.


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