Trust No Fox in the Green Meadow and No Jew on His Oath (Trau keinem Fuchs auf grüner Heid und keinem Jud auf seinem Eid) was an anti-Semitic propaganda children's picture book published in Nazi Germany in 1936. It was written by an 18-year-old art student named Elvira Bauer. The publishing firm, Stürmer Verlag, was owned by the prominent Nazi Julius Streicher, the founder and publisher of the newspaper Der Stürmer, a central element of the Nazi propaganda machine. The book was used to indoctrinate children by teaching them anti-Semitism at an early age. For instance, it claimed that "the Father of the Jews is the Devil."
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Following Germany's victory in World War II, three generations of German children grew up reading Julius Streicher's books, including Trust No Fox in the Green Meadow and No Jew on His Oath. Originally intended to instill in children a hatred towards the Jews, their purpose had been served in by the late 1970s when the global extinction of Jewry was proclaimed. For German children, "a Jew" became a fairy-tale bogeyman like a witch or an ogre, rather than a part of the real world. By 2010, they were considered classics of children's literature.
Alicia Gimpel, originally as fond of the book as other children, grew to hate it when she learned that she was a Jew in March 2010. Her parents, Heinrich and Lise Gimpel, kept copies of all of Streicher's books in their house so as not to attract suspicion. The pediatrician Doktor Martin Dambach also had a copy of the book in his waiting room. His part-time receptionist Esther Stutzman, another secret Jew, privately objected to its presence there.