Hermann Ahlwart

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Hermann Ahlwart (born December 21, 1846, Krien in Anklam, died April 16, 1914 in Leipzig) was a member of the German Reichstag and an outspoken opponent of the Jews.

Hermann Ahlwardt worked as an elementary school teacher in Neuruppin and Berlin. Between 1870-71 he fought in the Franco-Prussian War. After the war he was appointed Rector in 1881 at a Berlin primary school. From 1892 to 1903 he held a seat in the Reichstag.

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The Jewish Question

Hermann Ahlwardt began his own investigation of Jewish corruption scandals. In some circles he was hailed as the second Martin Luther.[1] Ahlwardt was an early member of the Antisemitische Volkspartei (1891) and published the paper Der Bundschuh. He published several pamphlets; one titled Judenflinten sent him to prison for four months accusing a Jewish-owned weapons manufacture of supplying faulty equipment to the army.

Visit to America

In 1895 he spent a year in America and gave lectures in the New York area to German audiences. The Jews were hostile to Ahlwart and tried to prevent him from speaking. Future president and at the time police commissioner of New York City, Theodore Roosevelt, decided Ahlwart should be allowed to speak and provided him with a bodyguard contingent made-up of all Jews.[2]

During his visit to America Ahlwart campaigned for presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. He tried to start an anti-Jewish organization based in Brooklyn, New York[3] and he edited a short-lived German language paper Der Anti-Semit.

In 1914 Ahlwardt at the age 67 died in a traffic accident.

Pamphlets

  • The Desperate Struggle Between Aryan and Jew (1890)
  • The Oath of a Jew (1891)
  • Jewish Tactics (1892)
  • Neue Enthullungen: Judenflinten (New Revelations: Jew Rifles, 1892) German text

Notes

  1. Sensationalizing the Jewish Question, by Barnet Peretz Hartston, page 231
  2. Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, By John Durham Peters, page 158
  3. Antisemitism: a historical encyclopedia of prejudice and persecution, Volume 1, By Richard S. Levy, page 8

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