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17th century woodcut of the so-called Martyrdom of Simon of Trent

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    17th century woodcut of the so-called Martyrdom of Simon of Trent

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    Brief Narrative
    The engraving is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Ein Bild des Fanatissmus anno Domini 1475
    Alternate Title
    An Image of Fanaticism 1475 AD
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1601-approximately 1700
    publication: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top, Fraktur font, black ink : Au weih Rabb Anschl au: au: Mausch au weih au: au: [Oy veh Rabbi Anschl, oy, oy. Mausch, oy vey, oy, oy.]
    front, top, title, black ink : Ein Bild des Fanatissmuß anno Domini 1475 [An image of Fanaticism, 1475 AD]
    front, right, black ink : Abbildung zu Frankfurt am Main am Brückenthurm. [An illustration on the bridge tower at Frankfurt am Main.]
    front, left , black ink : Anno 1475 am grüuen Donnerstag wurde das Kindlein Simeo 2 ½ Jahr alt / von den Juden umgebracht [On Maundy Thursday, 1475 AD, the 2 ½ year old child Simon was killed by Jews.]
    front, bottom, caption, black ink : Sauf du die Milch / Friß du den Dreck / Das ist für euch / Das beste Geschmeck [Drink the Milk, Eat the Filth, This for you is the best Taste.]
    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 dead boy, his naked body covered in wounds and laid out on wooden board above a scene of 5 Jews with stereotypically large, pointed noses gathered around a large sow in left profile eating feces. A man wearing breeches lies with his head beneath it, sucking on a teat. Sitting backwards astride its back, a bearded man wears a large, flattened, round hat, a neck ruff, and a cape. He lifts its tail so it can defecate into the mouth of a similarly dressed, bearded man kneeling behind it with a horned man, likely the devil, beside him encouraging him to eat. On the left, a woman wearing a headdress with rectangular wings, a neck ruff, and cape stands beside a goat, touching her breast. German captions are printed between 2 black line borders around the image.
    overall: Height: 7.250 inches (18.415 cm) | Width: 5.375 inches (13.653 cm)
    overall : paper, ink
    front, bottom right corner, pencil : F
    back, top right corner, sticker, green ink : 10

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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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