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Inscribed postcard of three pigs as the three Jews sitting on a bench stereotype

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.203

Postcard with a handwritten message, mailed in Vienna in 1902, with a printed image of three clothed pigs seated on a bench. They have stereotypical Jewish features, including curled payot and protruding noses. In Jewish religious texts, pigs symbolize filth and abomination, and Judaism forbids the consumption of pork. The portrayal of the Jewish men as pigs was a deriding twist on the classic caricature of three Jews on a bench. This caricature in turn made a mockery of Jewish spa culture in the summers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The postcard is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
postmark:  1902 March 13
publication:  1897 January-1902 March 13
Geography
postmark: Vienna (Austria)
publication: Dresden (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Information Forms
Category
Postcards
Genre/Form
Postcards.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
 
Record last modified: 2020-09-17 10:43:31
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