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Print of Simon of Trent with the Devil and Jews performing grotesque acts

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.202

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    Print of Simon of Trent with the Devil and Jews performing grotesque acts


    Brief Narrative
    Print depicting the martyrdom of Simon of Trent in 1475, with a large scene below depicting a Jew, the Devil and the pig. The engraving is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Woodcut and poem on the Martyrdom of Simon of Trent
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1601-approximately 1700
    publication: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top, black ink : Ao. 1476 ward d? kindelein von Trient Simeon 2 ½ Jahr alt, vonn den Jüden umbbracht. [In 1476, the child Simon of Trent 2 ½ years old, was killed by the Jews.]
    front, bottom left, black ink : A. Siehe wie auff einer Saw hie sitzt / Ein Jüd, und veüter das er schwitzt, / Dem pferd gibt er die Sporen hārt, / Hebt hinden auff das röslein zart. / B. Ein ander moscht kompt auch herbeÿ / Halt smaul auff, ist den guten breÿ, / So die saw richt hinden auß, / C. Der schwartz caspar helt ihn bey strauß / Hilft ihn beiden wacker zu recht / Weil sie sind sein getreme knecht. / D. Die dutten saugt des mosches kind, / E. Sara reütt auff dem Bock geschuind. [A. See how he sits on a sow, a Jew, and how he sweats, he gives stiff spurs to the tender rear. B. The other one also exercises his will, and the finish is good. C. The black caspar helps him; they are both his servants D. The dutten sucks the Jewish child. E. Sara quickly jumps on the ram.] [translation questionable- archaic terms]
    front, bottom right, black ink : F. Das kindlein aber, so da leÿt / Gebunden, ist vor langer zeit, / Zu Trient von den Juden ermordt / G. Mit pfriemenn, wie auff seinem ort. / Die histori bezeuget gut, / Von dieses Jungen Märters blüt / · Hierdurch wirt uns klar angedeut / Der Juden wucher und bossheit, / Soll sich dan nicht schemen ein Christ, / Welcher auch selbst behafftet ist / Mit diesem laster, ob er schon / kein küglein tragt, als d’Juden thun. [F. But the child, so lewd, is long ago, murdered by the Jews in Trento, / G. with his fist, as in his place. / The history is good, / From this young martyrs' blood / · This is clearly indicated to us / The Jews usury and bourgeoisie, / Should not be a Christian, / Which is itself also armed / With this vice, whether he / Does not carry anything but Jews.]
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    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

    Object Type
    Wood-engraving (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Woodcut in black ink on paper of a naked young boy, his dead body bound at the ankles and wrists as if crucified, on the top of a stone wall. In front of the wall are a devil and 4 human figures engaged in bestial acts. All have circular patches marking them as Jews. The devil, C, with 2 long horns, fur, sagging breasts, and a tail, is on the right, directing the humans. Three commit acts with a large right facing sow which is eating feces. Beneath it lies a bald man, D, sucking on a teat. A bearded, bespectacled Jew, A, in a top hat and cape sits backward astride its back, holding the tail up as it defecates into the mouth of a bearded Jew, B, kneeling behind it. The devil’s clawed hand grasps his head. On the right a woman, E, in a cornette and cape sits sideways holding the horns and upright tail of a large defecating goat. The letter beside each figure corresponds to a stanza in the poem printed in German in 2 columns below the image. The bottom left corner is torn.
    overall: Height: 8.625 inches (21.908 cm) | Width: 5.625 inches (14.287 cm)
    overall : paper, ink
    front, bottom right corner, pencil : 9.
    back, upper right corner, pencil : 1.

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    Administrative Notes

    The engraving 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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