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Poster of a Jewish man kissing a Russian peasant's cheek

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.344

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 has a drawing of a Jewish man kissing the cheek of an innocent looking peasant while a man resembling Stalin looks on approvingly. The title refers to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. Nazi Germany had been at war with Britain since 1939, but were allied with the Soviet Union until the German June 1941 invasion. To support that expansion of the war, they produced propaganda linking Great Britain and the Soviet Union as joint members of the Jewish conspiracy. 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
The English Juda’s Kiss
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
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:50:48
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