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Poster of a Jewish man dangling Stalin and Churchill puppets

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    Poster of a Jewish man dangling Stalin and Churchill puppets


    Brief Narrative
    Anti-Jewish poster issued in German occupied Serbia in the fall of 1941 for the Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition in Belgrade from October 22, 1941, to January 19, 1942. It depicts a smirking Jewish puppeteer operating marionettes resembling Stalin and Churchill. The exhibit focused on the alleged Jewish-Communist-Masonic conspiracy to achieve world domination with the intent to increase hatred against outsider groups that opposed Nazi Germany. Yugoslavia had been invaded and dismembered by the Axis powers in April 1941. Germany annexed most of Slovenia and placed Serbia under military occupation. The exhibition was organized by the Serbian puppet government in collaboration with the German occupiers. This poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Alternate Title
    A Jew is Holding Strings in His Hand
    Series Title
    Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition
    publication/distribution:  1941
    distribution: Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition; Belgrade (Serbia)
    manufacture: Belgrade (Serbia)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, center, black ink : ЈЕВРЕЈИН ДРЖИ / КОНЦЕ У РУЦИ [A Jew is holding strings in his hand]
    front, below image, black ink: ЧИЈЕ И КАКО? – ОДГОВОРИ бЕ ВАМ / АНТИМАСОНСКА ИЗЛОЖБА… [WHOSE AND HOW? – The Anti-Masonic Exhibition will give the answer ...]
    front, bottom left of image, black ink : OFFSETDRUCK BERANEK BELGRAD
    front, bottom right of image, black ink : Пр. Бгд. 3.000 Pr. B. „S” 25 [Pr. Bgd.]
    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.

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Offset color lithograph poster on light brown paper with a semi- repulsive caricature of a smirking Jewish man as a puppeteer controlling 2 marionettes. The man has hooded eyes, a big nose and ears, and thick lips, and wears a medal with a gold ribbon Masonic color with Jewish and Masonic symbols. He stands behind a chest height white curtain, arms out to the sides, with strings connecting his fingers to the puppets. The left puppet is a moustached man in a green Soviet Army uniform with red stars, holding a lit bomb. The right puppet is a bald man with a cigar wearing a British Brodie soup plate helmet and morning dress of a black jacket and gray pinstriped trousers, with a Masonic apron and collar. There is a skull above the Jewish man's head and floor length, dark blue curtains with gold Jewish and Masonic symbols to each side. There is Serbian text in the center and in a light brown panel across the bottom. The poster is adhered to slightly larger linen backing.
    overall: Height: 23.000 inches (58.42 cm) | Width: 27.625 inches (70.168 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster 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 18:13:33
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