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Poster of a giant caricatured Jewish man holding businessmen in a noose

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    Poster of a giant caricatured Jewish man holding businessmen in a noose

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Anti-Jewish poster issued in German occupied Serbia in the fall of 1941 for the Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition in Belgrade from October 22, 1941, to January 19, 1942. It depicts a grotesque caricature of an oversized Jewish man pulling a rope around the necks of six men in business clothes to show the ways Jews manipulate financial markets and have a stranglehold on business. The exhibit focused on the alleged Jewish-Communist-Masonic conspiracy to achieve world domination with the intent to increase hatred against outsider groups that opposed Nazi Germany. Yugoslavia had been invaded and dismembered by the Axis powers in April 1941. Germany annexed most of Slovenia and placed Serbia under military occupation. The exhibition was organized by the Serbian puppet government in collaboration with the German occupiers.
    Artwork Title
    You have no idea... Be alert!
    Series Title
    Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1941
    Geography
    distribution: Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition; Belgrade (Serbia)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
    Markings
    front, top right, black ink : Serbian text [You have no idea..] or [You don't know yet...]
    front, bottom center, red outlined in black ink : Serbian text [Be alert!]
    front, lower left corner, black ink : Pr. Bg. L/9/4/149/x5

    Physical Details

    Language
    Serbian
    Classification
    Posters
    Physical Description
    Poster on offwhite paper with a gradient red background. Filling the upper half is a caricature of an oversized man wearing a long, black coat and a skull cap with a Star of David. He is scowling and his nose is disproportionately large for his already exaggerated stereotyped Jewish features. His skin is whitish, and he has a long pointed beard and peyot [side curls], with large ears, thick eyebrows, and an open mouth with 2 teeth. He grips in both hands a thick yellow rope with a slip knot around the necks of a group of 6 men half his size in business clothes. The men are agonized, choked, and pulled off the ground by the thick rope around their necks; their faces are pink, some have open mouths with protruding tongues, and splayed limbs. There is Serbian cursive text above and on the left, and across the lower edge.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 27.375 inches (69.533 cm) | Width: 19.125 inches (48.578 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The antisemitic poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007.
    Funding Note
    The acquisition of this collection was made possible by The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-21 14:24:05
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