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Poster of workers crushed by Jewish controlled businesses

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    Poster of workers crushed by Jewish controlled businesses


    Brief Narrative
    Antisemitic propaganda poster issued in German occupied Serbia in the fall of 1941 for the Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition held in Belgrade from October 22, 1941, to January 19, 1942. It features a Jewish businessman atop a pile of manufactured goods that are crushng the workers at the bottom. The exhibit focused on the alleged Jewish-Communist-Masonic conspiracy to achieve world domination. Jews were portrayed as the source of all evil, which had to be destroyed, along with Jewish controlled countries, such as the Soviet Union and the US, and any outsider groups that opposed Nazi Germany. Yugoslavia was 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 of Milan Nedic 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
    Jewish Dealings
    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, bottom center, black ink : ЈЕВРЕЈСКА ПОСЛА [Jewish dealings]
    front, bottom left, black ink : OFFSETDRUCK BERANEK BELGRAD
    front, bottom right, black ink : Пр. Бгд. 3.000 Pr. B. „S” 27 [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

    Serbian English
    Physical Description
    Offset color lithograph poster on light brown paper with a cartoon of a Jewish business man relaxing at the top of a stack of manufactured goods which is crushing 3 workers at the bottom. He wears a fedora and suit and has a large nose, big, pointed ears, and a yellow Star of David on a chain across his protruding stomach. He has a smug, teeth baring smile, and sits, looking down on the workers, on bolts of cloth beside a canister labeled Union. This is atop lumber stacked on barrels, placed on prepared hides, which cover crates. Beneath this, on the bottom, are the heads and shoulders of 3 pinned workers: one with a Russian style fur hat, one with a fedora, and one with a worker's cap. The goods have tags with Serbian text: cartels, textiles, silk and leather cartels, cement and oil factories, blue stone, a foundry, and lacquer. The multicolor cartoon is in muted brown, yellow, orange, and green on a light brown background, with the title across the bottom. The poster is adhered to slightly larger linen backing.
    overall: Height: 27.750 inches (70.485 cm) | Width: 19.500 inches (49.53 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 18:30:29
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