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Ceramic figurine of a Jewish man with a boutonniere

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.108

Ceramic figure of a stereotypical Jewish man in dilapidated top hat and suit, wearing a boutonniere. On the pedestal is the phrase: Habn Sie Nicht den Kleinen Cohn gesehn [Have you seen the little Cohn]. The text uses the name “Kleinen Cohn” (sometimes “Kleine Cohn” or “Kohn”) meaning Little Cohn, which was a pejorative term for Jews used in Germany around the turn of the twentieth century. The term is thought to have originated in an 1893 German military pamphlet. It was popularized after German humorist Guido Thielscher sang a satirical song about the character in 1902, and quickly became ubiquitous in Germany. The term, often accompanied by antisemitic images of Jews, was featured on postcards and other ephemera throughout the first decades of the twentieth century. This statue is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.r

creation:  approximately 1900-1900
creation: Germany
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-12-09 10:14:17
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