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Colored engraving with a caricature of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.240

Small colored print with a satiric portrait of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer (1698-1738) (Jud Suss) being attacked by small devils. The print, made in 1738, around the time of the event, is based upon a drawing by Johann Baumgarter. Oppenheimer 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.

Artwork Title
Wer Großer Herr’n Günst mißbraücht dürch bösen Rath
Alternate Title
The Great Lord who abused Favor through evil Advice
publication/distribution:  1738
publication: Augsburg (Germany)
Object Type
Etching (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:21
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