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Illustrated observations on Jewish life by a 19th c. American artist

Publication | Accession Number: 2016.184.228

Book of travel observations, The Jew at Home, by the American illustrator Joseph Pennell (1857-1926.) It consists primarily of articles Pennell wrote for the lllustrated London News during his travels in Austria, Hungary, Austrian Poland, and Russia in December 1891. Pennell announces in the preface that he is neither a Jew hater nor a Jew lover and that he has only written of things seen during his journey. But he was repulsed by much that he saw and the portrait he draws is extremely unflattering. His last word on the matter is to advise those who encounter Jews as immigrants in their country is to : "Make him an Englishman or an American, break up his old customs, clannishness, his dirt, and his filth - or he will break you." The book is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Title
The Jew at Home, impressions of a summer and autumn spent with him in Russia and Austria
Date
1892  (publication)
Geography
publication : New York (N.Y.)
Language
English
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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