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Clipped magazine illustration of Jud Süss hanging from the gallows

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.239

Magazine clipping of an illustration of Jud Süss hanging in the cage suspended from the gallows. The date and source are unknown. Joseph Süss Oppenheimer (1698-1738), known as Jud Süss, was a Jewish banker who administered the finances of Duke Karl Alexander of Wurttemberg, enriching the Duke and himself. Others were envious and resentful of his success, feelings increased by his actions, such as granting contracts to Jews and easing settlement restrictions. When the Duke died unexpectedly in March 1737, Oppenheimer was arrested, tried for fraud and treason, and sentenced to death. A huge crowd watched the hanging and the body was left hanging in public for six years. In 1939, a film, Jud Süss, was produced by Goebbels's Nazi Propaganda Ministry. The inflammatory, antisemitic film portrayed Jew Süss as a grotesquely exaggerated, greedy, unscrupulous Jewish businessman who rapes a non-Jewish woman. The film was a major success throughout Europe. The print is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2019-12-05 20:56:16
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