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Inscribed postcard of 3 pigs as the 3 Jews on a bench stereotype

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.203

Postcard with a handwritten message, mailed in Vienna, with a color drawing of three pigs in overcoats and hats, talking while seated on a bench holding their umbrellas. They have stereotypical Jewish features, including curled sidelocks and protruding noses. Since the medieval period, antisemites frequently portrayed Jews as pigs, Judensau, because Judaism considers pigs unclean and forbids the consumption of pork. The portrayal of three, usually, older, Jewish men with their umbrellas sitting on a bench was popularized in Karlsbad, Bohemia, (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic) a popular spa town for European Jewry from the late 19th century. Figurines and cards with this scene were popular souvenir items. The postcard is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

1902 March 13  (postmark)
postmark : Vienna (Austria)
publication : Dresden (Germany)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 07:01:16
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