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Color print of a Jewish family sending a youth off to make his fortune

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.249

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    The print is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Gaih! Gaih!
    Alternate Title
    Go! Go!
    Date
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1800
    Geography
    publication: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Markings
    front, bottom, caption, black ink : Gaih! Gaih! Los dich treten von de Leut los dich werßen aus de Stuben / los dich verklagen bei de Gericht los dich hetzen ins Hundeloch los dich / binden mit Strike und Ketten los dich martern halb taudt! aber du / must doch werden reich. [Go! Go! Let your self get lost in the crowd, Turn yourself out of the stables, Let yourself be denounced in court, let yourself be pushed into kennels, let yourself be bound with cords and chains, let yourself be martyred half to death! But you must become rich.]
    Contributor
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Biography
    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

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Prints
    Physical Description
    Color print in ink on paper of an engraving of a smiling young man standing in the center of a group of people standing in the street. He is in three quarters right profile in a top hat, blue jacket, and orange pants. He holds his right hand up, thumb and index fingers touching and the others extended, and carries an umbrella and a bundle on a stick in his left hand. He has curly brown hair, pink cheeks, and a red bottom lip. An overweight woman in an orange bonnet, jacket, and dress stands next to him on the left with her back to the viewer. Her head is turned to the right and she holds a white cloth to her face. On the right, a plump man with a pink cheek, a thick bottom lip, and a gray beard wearing a bicorne hat, coat, waistcoat, and trousers leans into him. Behind them in the far right stands a man in left profile who wears a top hat and purple coat and carries an orange sack over his shoulder. He has stereotypically Jewish features, including thick eyebrows, a large nose, and thick red lower lip, and he rests his left hand on the chest of a man in right profile who wears a fur-trimmed hat and long green coat and carries an orange sack over his shoulder. In the background on the far left, a young girl in a pink dress cries into a handkerchief. A German caption is printed in a panel at the bottom.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 4.875 inches (12.383 cm) | Width: 7.750 inches (19.685 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink
    Inscription
    back, in oval, stamped, black ink : GR[?] MUSEUM / S[?]IN

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The print 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
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:30:21
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