Playmobil’s new Martin Luther doll—”the fastest-selling toy of all time”—comes “complete with quill and Bible,” but I thought he needed another accessory to be truly complete.* Namely, a wee copy of his 1543 treatise On the Jews and Their Lies.
Because even though the new doll is as cute as a button, we really ought not to forget that his treatise was named by a Nazi newspaper “the most radically antisemitic tract ever published,” and was displayed at Hitler’s Nuremburg rallies. The text is so foul I dare not quote it here, but feel free to peruse the pithy excerpts at the Jewish Virtual Library. Do familiarize yourself with the 7 actions Martin Luther urges every Christian to take against every Jew (unless the Jew converts to Christianity, in which case the Jew gets cash).
My unauthorized accessories (in German and English) are meant to add a smidge of complexity to that featureless Playmobil grin, and to media surmises behind the reason of the toy’s unprecedented popularity. (Newsweek quotes a German official who is happy because it shows an interest in “education.”)
Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a “Little Luther” of my own. I could totally convert his feather to a Torah scribe’s quill, convert his gown to a Rabbi’s black pulpit robe, and convert his triangle cap to a Haman tricorne for Purim.
Karmic justice, Playmobil-scale.