Germany Must Perish!

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"The book that Hitler Fears".

Germany Must Perish! is a book written by the Jewish businessman Theodore N. Kaufman in 1941, which advocates for the genocide of the German people.


Call For Genocide

Long Before Jewish 'Holocaust'

Theodore Kaufman, the writer -- an American Jew born in New York City and a successful businessman -- wrote the book in late 1940. This was a full year before the USA entered the Second World War, and also long before the stories of mass killings of Jews began to circulate. (The Wannsee Conference, allegedly authorizing the "Holocaust", was held in February 1942). Thus a common philo-Semitic defense of "Perish", that it was a shocked reaction to the "Holocaust", is verifiably false.

Demonization of Germans

TODAY'S WAR is not a war against Adolf Hitler.

Nor is it a war against the Nazis.

It is a war of peoples against peoples; of civilized peoples envisioning Light, against uncivilized barbarians [Germans] who cherish Darkness. Of the people of those nations who would surge forward hopefully into a new and better phase of life, pitted against the peoples of a nation who would travel backward enthusiastically into the dark ages. It is a struggle between the German nation and humanity.

With these words, Kaufman opened the book. He spends several chapters further demonizing Germans -- historically and in current affairs -- before proposing his genocidal solution.

Kaufman Partition Plan, published in "Perish!". Caption reads: "Map Showing Possible Dissection of Germany and Apportionment of its Territory."

Extinction by Sterilization

A dynamic volume outlining a plan for the extinction of Germany, containing a map showing possible dissection and apportionment of its territory
—(Kaufman's summary of his book in a Times ad[1].

The plan boiled down to forcible mass-sterilization of most German women under 45 and most German men under 65. This would eliminate "inbred Germanism", proposed Kaufman, thus solving a great deal of humanity's problems.

There was also a partition plan associated with "Perish!", in which Germany's territory would melt away into its neighbors'.


The full 96-page booklet sold for 25 cents, and enjoyed "brisk sales" for a period in 1941[2]. It was published in March of 1941 by Argyle Press of Newark, New Jersey. A preliminary edition of the book may have been published as early as December 1940, with a very small circulation[3].


Reviews in the American Press

A number of American newspapers reviewed the book when it was published, including New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the Philadelphia Record.

A March 24, 1941, Time magazine review called it "sensational"[4], and compared the book to Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal, noting that, unlike Swift, Kaufman's work was not satirical.[5] An advertisement in the New York Times, stated that the book was released to the public on March 1, 1941, which Kaufman also promoted by mailing a miniature black cardboard coffin with a hinged lid to reviewers.[6] Inside the coffin was a card proclaiming, "Read GERMANY MUST PERISH! -- Tomorrow you will receive your copy."[7]

The back of the book's dust jacket contains excerpts from purported reviews of the book. One blurb reads, "A PLAN FOR PERMANENT PEACE AMONG CIVILIZED NATIONS! --New York Times." In reality, the Times never published a full review of the book. The quotation is the entirety, plus an exclamation point, of a one-line summary of Germany Must Perish! published in "Latest Books Received" section of the paper.[8]

German leaflet denouncing "Kaufman Plan". A drawing of the author appears at the top.

Outrage in Germany

A shocked and angered reaction to the book took place in Germany.

The Berlin daily newspaper Der Angriff of July 23, 1941 proclaimed: "Diabolical Plan for the Extermination of the German People" and that Kaufman's was a work of "Old Testament Hatred." Extracts from the book appeared in the nationally-circulated weekly newspaper Das Reich, August 3, 1941[9]

Leaflets were printed to expose the book and inform the public about the plan. The leaflets also claimed that Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin supported versions of the plan (See Similar Plans). The leaflet at left presents a reproduction of Kaufman's "8-Point Plan", and is then captioned: "German People! You now know what your eternal enemies plan to do. To stop their extermination-plan, there is only one thing to do: FIGHT, WORK, WIN!"

A million copies of the small book were republished in German at the direction of Joseph Goebbels, to warn Germans of their possible fate if the war was lost. Goebbels also reported that Kaufman was part of Roosevelt's inner-circle, which was not exactly true in that form, although the two had apparently shaken hands at one time.

German Resolve Stiffened

Hitler reportedly read a copy of the book in August of 1941[10]. Subsequently, he gave Goebbels permission to have Jews wear yellow armbands. Goebbels changed this on his own to yellow-stars.

It has been speculated by historians that the existence of the Kaufman-Plan (and the later, official Morgenthau Plan), and the fact, that Germans knew about their existence, "when combined with the (also unnecessary) demand for unconditional surrender, extended the war needlessly at a cost of millions of lives"[11].

Similar Plans

Kaufman's book inspired several other plans for what to do with the Germans once they were conquered.


  • Hooton Plan (Jan. 1943) - Proposed in the pamphlet Breed War Strain Out of Germans by Professor Hooton, "called for genetically transforming the German nation by encouraging mating of German women with non-German men" over the next several decades[12]
  • Morgenthau Plan (Sept. 1944) - Called for the division of the German Reich into four states, with significant territorial losses to Poland in the east.
  • What to do with Germany? (1944) - Book by prominent B'nai B'rith member Louis Nizer, calling for mass re-education of Germans. Read by Churchill, FDR, Eisenhower, and Truman.
  • Various informal plans were proposed at the "Big Three" conferences such as the Tehran Conference. All of these involved some kind of partition of Germany.

See also



  1. Advertisement for Germany Must Perish!
  2. Commentary on "Germany Must Perish" by David Thomas.
  3. Introduction to "Perish", by Mark Weber, Institute For Historical Review (IHR)
  4. Introduction to "Perish", by Mark Weber, (IHR)
  5. Time
  6. Anonymous Advertisement for Germany Must Perish!. New York Times. 1 March 1941. p. 13.
  7. "A Modest Proposal (Books)."
  8. Anonymous. "Latest Books Received." New York Times. March 16 1941. p. BR29.
  9. Introduction to "Perish", by Mark Weber, (IHR)
  10. Nuremberg: The Last Battle, by David Irving, pg.42
  11. Commentary on "Germany Must Perish" by David Thomas.
  12. Introduction to "Perish", by Mark Weber, (IHR)

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