Hermann Ahlwardt

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Hermann Ahlwardt (born 21 December 1846 in Krien — died 16 April 1914 in Leipzig) was a German antisemitic journalist.

Ahlwardt was originally an elementary school (German: Volksschule) teacher, but was dismissed in 1893 because of his anti-Jewish pamphlets (such as "Jew Rifles" [Judenflinten], which attacked the Loewe Weapons Factory) and sentenced to prison. In 1895, as one of the völkisch leaders, Ahlwardt, in a speech before the Reichstag, called Jews "predators" and "cholera bacilli" who should be "exterminated" for the good of the German people.[1] He was a co-founder of the Antisemitic People's Party (Antisemitische Volkspartei); his three-volume work Verzweiflungskampf der arischen Völker mit dem Judentum (The Desperate Struggle of the Aryan Peoples with Judaism; 1890—1892) later influenced Nazi antisemitism. Ahlwardt was member of the German Reichstag during 1892 - 1902.[2]


  1. ^ Gramel, Hermann "Modern Anti-Semitism in Germany" pages 33–68 from Antisemitism in the Third Reich, London: Blackwill, 1992 page 61.
  2. ^ http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/0001/bsb00016233/images/index.html?seite=130