Stürmer-Verlag depicts the Jew,
Third Reich, 1938.

The Wall Street Journal depicts the child, U.S., June 9, 2000.

Background and commentary on the above images

When I began to search nazi anti-Semitic propaganda in hope of finding a hate-fomenting caricature that would parallel the Wall Street Journal's caricature of the child used to illustrate Spanking Makes a Comeback (June 9, 2000) , I didn't expect it to be as easy as it was. The first one I found was the one I chose, though several others would have worked almost as well.

Elements in common
Note the grossly distorted facial and body proportions, eyes drooping at the outer edge, twisted mouth, head framed in a diamond-shape, identifying emblem on the chest, dull expression, oppressive mood, and the static, symmetrical design. Consider the sparing use of red in each image. In the Wall Street Journal illustration, the color red forms a target on the buttocks, guiding the viewer's graze from the monstrous face to the locus for beating. On the Jew, a red collar encircles the neck. Apparently, the artists didn't want to leave anything to chance. The earlier artist's lack of computer-aided drawing tools accounts for the technical difference between the two illustrations. As for virulence, they are in the same league.

Readers are invited to contribute hostile, negative cartoons of children found in print media for inclusion in PTAVE's archive of anti-child propaganda. Please provide source and date of original publication. Send to PTAVE, P.O. Box 1033, Alamo, CA 94507-7033 or email digital images to

Jordan Riak, Exec. Dir., June 10, 2000