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Print of a soldier bargaining with a headless Jewish peddler

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    Print of a soldier bargaining with a headless Jewish peddler


    Brief Narrative
    Color etching of a soldier encountering a Jewish peddler whose head sits on a nearby post. The caption, Like a Jew in Krahwinkel without a head, refers to the stereotype of the excitable, overreacting Jewish peddler who, when pushed into a corner, looses his head. The fact that he reacts this way when confronted by an authority figure, such as a soldier, supports the antisemitic notion that he has something to hide and has probably done something wrong. The etching is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Wie ein Jude in Krahwinkel ohne Kopf handelt
    Alternate Title
    Like a Jew in Krahwinkel without a head
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1815-approximately 1820
    publication: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom left, black ink : C. Geissler jun.del. Wunder sc
    front, bottom center, black ink : Wie ein Jude in Krahwinkel ohne Kopf handelt. [Like a Jew in Krahwinkel without a head]
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: Christian Gottfried Heinrich Geißler
    Artist: Johann Benedikt Wunder
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Color print of an etching of a man in a tall bicorne with blue feathers, a red tailcoat, breeches, and riding boots standing in right profile on the left and looking at a headless peddler. A whip is tucked under his left arm, he holds out 4 coins in his left hand, and he has a very wide stance. The peddler is in left profile and wears a striped green coat, pink shirt, and striped black pants with a box suspended from a strap around his neck. He has 2 long pipes in his left hand and holds up his right hand, palm forward. His head, wearing a tricorne, is on a cylindrical pedestal on the far right in left profile. Its mouth is open and it has stereotypically Jewish features, including a large nose, thick bottom lip, and white pointy beard. They are on a cobblestone sidewalk next to a river with 2 large buildings and a copse of trees in the background. A German caption is in a panel at the bottom.
    overall: Height: 8.000 inches (20.32 cm) | Width: 10.875 inches (27.623 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, graphite
    front, bottom right, pencil : 6

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    Administrative Notes

    The etching was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:30:19
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