Like the segregation laws characteristic of Jim Crow, soon after Hitler came to power in
the U.S. Germany (oops) he began establishing legal segregation of Jews from Aryan Germans. The writing on the bench in this photo, taken in 1934, reads: “For Jews Only”:
The source explains that benches were segregated, with others reading “For Germans Only.”
See our other posts on Nazi Germany: comparing German remembrance of the Holocaust and U.S. remembrance of slavery, Nazi symbolism, Nazi celebration of motherhood, the racialization of the Jews, and this sympathetic memorabilia website.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.