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German antisemitic propagandistic German high school teaching aid, ‘Erblehre, Abstammungs- und Rassenkunde in bildlicher Dartstellung’ (‘Pictorial Representation of Heredity and the Science of Race’), by Alfred Vogel, illustrations by Eberhard Brauchle (Stuttgart: Verlag fur nationale Literatur Gebr. Rath), 1939 edition, 53 plates (out of 78), most illustrated in color, each 11.5 x 15.5 inches. This volume was produced as a teaching aid to introduce the Nazi eugenics doctrine, the elimination of the ‘inferior’, and the importance of ‘pure blood’, to high school students. In a very clever manner, the plates and text progress from showing plants and their pollination, showing the products of cross-breeding of various colored plants, through the use of diagrams and illustrations. It then proceeds to introduce humans into the equation, illustrating that ‘sick’ parents produce ‘sick’ children, and including those who are deformed, mentally retarded, etc. The geographic proximity of those with ‘undesirable’ character traits to each other in a reproductive sense is also explored. Included are pp. 10 – 15, 17 – 27, 29 – 44, 46 – 58, 60 – 64, 75.Hardcover portfolio, cover is still attached, but the exterior fabric of the spine has partially split, no interior flaps, school district stamp on the cover and inside cover ‘Schulamt Rappoltsweiler’ (Ribeauville, France).