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Propaganda postcard with a surprised Jew and a swastika

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.310

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    publication/distribution:  after 1919-before 1946
    publication: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top left, black ink : Eine Überraschung: [What a surprise:]
    front, center left, black ink : Hitler / Nationalsozialismus [Hitler / National Socialism]
    front, bottom left, black ink : AUSGABE DER N.S.D.A.P [Issue of the National Socialist German Workers Party]
    front, top right, black ink : POSTKARTE [Postcard]
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Publisher: National-Sozialisteische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei
    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 cartoon of a bald man standing on the left, his back to the viewer as he looks up at a Swastika superimposed on the disc of the sun, which is ringed by short rays. He is leaning back, his open hands thrown out to the sides, the motion knocking off his top hat and sending his coattails flying. His face in left profile and he has thick eyebrows, a large, pointed nose, and fleshy lips. There is German text within the image and on the right side, above 4 blank lines. The back is blank.
    overall: Height: 3.625 inches (9.208 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The postcard 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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