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Engraved color vignettes on the life and death of Jud Süss Oppenheimer

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.242

Engraved print with color pictures and text telling the story of the rise and fall of Joseph Süss Oppenheimer (1698-1738), circulated not long after the events. Oppenheimer, known as Joseph or 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.

Artwork Title
Deß justificirten Juden, Joseph Süß Oppenheimers: Geburt Leben und Tod
Alternate Title
The justification of the Jew, Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, Birth, Life, and Death
publication/distribution:  approximately 1740
publication: 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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