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Cartoon of a mohel with big scissors approaching a toddler

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.292

Hand drawn cartoon poking fun at the brit milah, the Jewish rite of circumcision, the removal of the penis foreskin. The picture shows an Orthodox Jewish man with oversize scissors making clipping gestures to an oversize baby. The man is presumably a mohel, a person qualified to perform the ritual. The brit milah is generally performed when a male child is eight days old, but it is a procedure that all males, including converts, must undergo to become a Jew. The work was crafted by an unknown person, likely in early 20th century America. The paperwork is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Who Me?
creation:  approximately 1900
creation: United States
Object Type
Cartoons (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:08:50
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