THIS IS HOW you play Juden Raus. Just throw the dice and move your smiling Aryan piece round the board. As quickly as you can, start rounding up the Jewish pieces. You can’t miss them — they are the nasty, snarling counters that can be found at squares such as Gorstein Furs and Saloman Money Lenders. Pick up six ugly Jews, bring them to the collection point and you are the winner! It’s board-game fun for the entire family to enjoy!
You can find this 1938 game among a vast number of Nazi books, cuttings, posters and artefacts that reside, along with the eyewitness accounts of Nazi victims and the signed confessions of the Nuremburg defendants, in a town house in Devonshire Street, London. Juden Raus forms part of the collection of the Wiener Library, the institution that began documenting the work of Hitler’s National Socialists in the 1920s. …
Let me tell you why my grandfather, Alfred Wiener, began this collection. It was because he believed in the power of truth. He believed that the facts would win in the end. He was not a pacifist — you need to be ready to meet force with force. But lies must be fought with truth.
I have always shared this belief. Yet this week, as David Irving begins his sentence in an Austrian jail for denying the Holocaust, my belief, our belief, is being tested. Do I really trust in the power of truth that I have proclaimed so often?