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Postcard of a Jewish merchant peddling a Christian woman

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.258

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    Postcard of a Jewish merchant peddling a Christian woman

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    Brief Narrative
    Picutre postcard with the caption: "Ein jüdischer Händler mit Christenflesh" [A Jewish dealer in Christian flesh]. It has a print of two turbaned Sephardic Jews, one a merchant displaying a nude Christian woman, to the other, a potential customer. The postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1801-1900
    publication: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom, black ink : Ein jüdischer Händler mit Christenflesh [A Jewish dealer in Christian flesh]
    back, top center, black ink : POSTKARTE [Postcard]
    back, top right, black ink : RAUM / FUR / DIE / MARKE [Space / for / the / stamp]
    back, center, black ink : Ein jüdischer Händler mit Christenflesh [A Jewish dealer in Christian flesh]
    back, bottom left, black ink : 118.
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    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.

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    Physical Description
    Postcard with a monochromatic illustration of a Jewish merchant with hooded eyes, a pointed nose, fleshy lips, and a stringy beard wearing a plumed turban. He is pointing at a naked woman to his left, trying to sell her. She is standing in right profile with her head bowed. Standing opposite, a fat man with a large nose and bushy eyebrows looks at her with hooded eyes, his fleshy lips smiling. He wears a turban and pointed slippers. They are beneath a draped cloth ceiling. There is German text on both sides and a preprinted Imperial eagle on the back.
    overall: Height: 5.875 inches (14.923 cm) | Width: 4.125 inches (10.477 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The object 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:
    2024-05-03 13:11:04
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