Ernst Hiemer

Ernst Hiemer (5 July 1900 in Großweingarten – 29 July 1974 in Altötting) was a German writer, who worked closely with Julius Streicher, the founder of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer. Hiemer's three main books were all published in the Second World War and had anti-Semitic themes.


Hiemer began working with Julius Streicher in the 1920s, as a journalist for Streicher's weekly anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer, for which he reported on trials of Jewish offenders.[1] Using the knowledge and experience he had gained working as a teacher, Hiemer wrote two anti-Semitic books for children which were both published by Julius Streicher's Stürmer publishing house.[2] The first of these was Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom), published in 1938. This was a collection of 17 short stories, illustrated by 'Fips' (Philipp Rupprecht). It was followed in 1940 by another collection, Der Pudelmopsdackelpinscher und andere besinnliche Erzahlungen (The Poodle-Pug-Dachshund-Pinscher and other contemplative stories), which compared Jews to various forms of animals. These publications were amongst the most extreme anti-Semitic items produced for children under the Nazi regime, causing them to be the subject of negative comments from some Nazis.[3] During this time, Hiemer was also the chief editor of Der Stürmer. In 1942, he published a collection of anti-Semitic proverbs entitled Der Jude im Sprichwort der Völker.

After the war, Hiemer was interned for three and a half years at Stalag XIII-D, and banned from teaching for life. He died on 29 July 1974 in Altötting, Bavaria.


  • Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) (Nuremberg: Stürmerverlag, 1938).
  • Der Pudelmopsdackelpinscher (The Poodle-Pug-Dachshund-Pinscher, 1940) (Nuremberg: Der Stürmer-Buchverlag)
  • Der Jude im Sprichwort der Völker (Nuremberg, 1942)


  1. ^ Claudia Koonz, The Nazi Conscience (Harvard University Press, 2003), p. 230.
  2. ^ Gregory Wegner, Anti-semitism and Schooling Under the Third Reich (Routledge, 2002), p. 158.
  3. ^ "Anti-Semitic Children's Stories". Retrieved 2010-05-14.

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