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The Experience of Hans and Else with a Strange Man

The Experience of Hans and Else with a Strange Man

In this story a Jew tries to entice little children to his home, by giving them caramels. The little boy saves his sister by calling the police.

Else begins to have plenty of sweets.

Hans asks from where they are coming.

“I have got them from a strange man. But don’t tell mother! The man strictly forbade me to do so!”

Hans is curious. They arrange to go together. The “man” wants them to go with him.

Hans hesitates — Hans thought:

“What does the man want of us? Why should we go with him?”

Suddenly a great fear comes over him.

“You are a Jew!” he cries and seizing his sister, runs off as fast as his legs will carry him. At the corner of the street he meets a policeman. Quickly Hans tells his story. The policeman gets on his motor-bike and soon overtakes the strange man. He handcuffs him and takes him to prison.

At home, subsequently, there is great rejoicing. The police praise Hans for being a brave lad. His mother gives him a large piece of chocolate while teaching him the following saying:

A devil goes through the land,
The Jew he is, known to us all
As murderer of the peoples and polluter of the races,
The terror of children in every country!

He wants to ruin the youth.
He wants all peoples to die.
Have nothing to do with a Jew
Then you'll be happy and gay!