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Fagin ceramic mug by Avon Ware

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.88

Fagin ceramic mug by Avon Ware. Fagin is a character from the novel Oliver Twist, 1838-1840, by Charles Dickens. He 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 mug is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

creation:  approximately 1900
manufacture: Great Britain
Household Utensils
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Mugs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:50:56
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