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    Brief Narrative
    Album of color caricatures of Emile Zola by H. Lebourgeois. The scenes place Zola in the predicaments explored in his writings, such as the novels Germinal and Nana, or involved in the causes about which he was passionate, such as the unjust court martial for treason of a Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus. The Dreyfus Affair was used by politicians and the press as evidence of the disloyalty and treachery of all Jews. Zola wrote a public letter to protest the verdict, titled J'Accuse, in which he accused the French Army of covering up this prejudiced conviction. Zola was charged with libel and the Dreyfus Affair became a national political crisis. An Army intelligence officer was found to have forged the document proving Dreyfus's guilt. But in a second trial, the Army again convicted him. Dreyfus was pardoned by the president to end the crisis. The caricatures are one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Zola: 32 caricatures de Lebourgeois
    publication:  1898
    publication: Paris (France)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: H. Lebourgeois
    Publisher: E. Bernard et Cie
    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.

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    Physical Description
    Portfolio ; blue marbled portfolio with string ties; (32 plates) not numbered [10.125 x 6.875 in.] and unbound as issued : color illustrations. ; 26 cm. , with folder 27 cm.
    Paris, E. Bernard et cie, imprimeurs-éditeurs, 53 ter, quai des Grands-Augustins, 53 ter. 1898.
    Notes: May not be original covers; does not have a title/cover page.

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    Administrative Notes

    The folio of caricatures 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
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    2023-09-13 14:59:49
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