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C&E plate with a scene of Oliver Twist, the Artful Dodger, and Fagin

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.87

C&E plate with a scene of Oliver Twist, the Artful Dodger, and Fagin, characters from the novel Oliver Twist, 1838-1840, by Charles Dickens. Fagin is a devil-like Jewish criminal whose portrayal exploits many negative antisemitic stereotypes. Referred to as The Jew, Fagin is greedy, vicious, and kidnaps small children to train as thieves. Dickens shared a common prejudice of the day, saying that if a character was a fence, he had to be a Jew because "that class of criminal almost invariably was a Jew." Some adaptations try to downplay Fagin's ethnic identity, or make him a comic figure, but his Jewishness is central to his depiction. This plate is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

creation:  approximately 1900
manufacture: Longton (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:19:20
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