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Social Justice (Royal Oak, Michigan) [Newspaper]

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    Social Justice (Royal Oak, Michigan) [Newspaper]

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    Brief Narrative
    Social Justice, a national weekly founded by Rev. Charles E. Coughlin in 1936 to promote his antisemitic, anticapitalist populist ideology. Coughlin (1891-1979) was a Catholic priest whose Sunday radio broadcasts, beginning in 1926, made him a major force in the US. His audience, soon reaching 20-30 million, saw him as the champion of the common man. He crusaded against Communism and, in 1934, turned against Roosevelt and formed the National Union for Social Justice. Coughlin's message increasingly focused on the threat posed by Jews, and the Communists and bankers they controlled, who were out to get the common man. In summer 1938, Social Justice serialized "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", an infamous antisemitic propaganda piece. That fall, after Kristallnacht, Coughlin said Jews brought the pogrom upon themselves. In April 1942, after the US entered the war, the Justice Dept. investigated the paper for pro-Axis propaganda. Distribution by US mail was prohibited. A few weeks later, the Catholic Church ordered Coughlin to cut his ties to the newspaper and cease non-pastoral activities. This newspaper is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Social justice, December 30, 1940, Vol. 6, no. 27
    Alternate Title
    Social justice (Royal Oak, Mich.)
    Social justice : published in the interest of the National Union for Social Justice
    publication/distribution:  1940 December 30
    publication: Royal Oak (Mich.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Publisher: National Union for Social Justice (US)
    Editor: Charles E. Coughlin
    Editor: E. Perrin Schwartz
    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

    Physical Description
    Newspaper ; 14 v. : illustrated. ; 41-43 cm. (16.000 x 11.000 inches)
    Weekly ; Began publication with Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 13, 1936) ;Ceased with vol. 9, no. 16 on Apr. 20, 1942.
    Notes: "Published in the interest of the National Union for Social Justice." ; Title from caption. Subtitle varies.
    38 issues available, between March 28, 1938 and February 2, 1942, Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The newspaper 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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