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    Brief Narrative
    Dreyfus-Bilderbuch, an anti-Dreyfus picture book with 132 caricatures of Dreyfus, Zola, and others involved in the scandal. The Dreyfus Affair was a national scandal revolving around antisemitism that inflamed late 19th century France. Captain Alfred Dreyfus was found guilty of treason in 1894 for selling military secrets. Antisemitic publications used Dreyfus as a symbol of the disloyalty of all French Jews. Zola wrote a letter to protest the verdict, "J'Accuse," in which he accused the Army of covering up its unjust conviction of Dreyfus. Zola was charged with libel and the Dreyfus Affair grew into a national political crisis. An Army officer was found to have forged the document proving Dreyfus's guilt. But in a second trial, the Army again convicted Dreyfus. The verdict was met with international outrage. Dreyfus was offered a pardon by the president to end the crisis. The book is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Dreyfus-Bilderbuch : Karikaturen aller Volker die Dreyfus-Affaire; mit 132 Karikaturen, 2. Auflage
    Alternate Title
    Karikaturen aller Völker über die Dreyfus-Affaire
    publication:  1899
    publication: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Publisher: Verlag von Dr. Eysler & Co. (G. m. b. H.)
    Printer: Druck von H.S. Hermann
    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
    Book; original pale yellow paper cover with color illustration of Alfred Dreyfus; 126 p., ill. ; 20 cm. [7.5 x 5.5 inches] ; 2nd edition.
    Cover title: II Ausflage. 11.-20. Tausend. Dreyfus-Bilderbuch. Karikaturen aller volker uber die Dreyfus - Affaire / Berlin 1899. Doc case 1erlag von Dr. Eysler & Co. (G. m. b. H.) ; Title page: Dreyfus-Bilderbuch. Karikaturen aller volker uber die Dreyfus-Affaire, mit 132 Karikaturen nach Beer, Bosconte, Braakensiek, G. Brandet, Caran D'Ache,... Forain, F. Gehrke, Graetze... und anderen. ; Berlin 1899, Verlag von Dr. Eysler & Co. (G. m. b. H.)
    References: Desachy, P. Bibliographie de l'affaire Dreyfus, 225

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    Administrative Notes

    The book 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
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    2022-07-28 18:12:49
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