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Print depicting the arrest of Jud Suss Oppenheimer

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.241

Print published in the Illustrierte Chronik der Zeit, a newspaper published in Stuttgart, Germany, depicting the capture of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer (1698-1738) (Jud Suss) by Baron Noder. The print is based upon an 1873 work by Professor T. Haberlin. 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
Die Gefangennahme der Juden Züs Oppenheimer durh den Freiherrit v. Nöder.
Alternate Title
The capture of the Jew Züs Oppenheimer by the Baron von Nöder
publication/distribution:  approximately 1877
publication: Stuttgart (Germany)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:35:13
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