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Poster of a Jewish man whipping tops with faces of Allied leaders

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.357

Antisemitic, anti-Allies poster with a caricature of a Jewish man using a whip to spin dreidels with caricatures of Allied leaders, Franklin Roosevelt, Alcide De Gasperi, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. Italy, under the Fascist dictatorship of Mussolini, was an Axis member and entered World War II (1939-1945) as an ally of Germany. In May 1943, the Axis campaign in North Africa collapsed. That July, Allied forces invaded Sicily. Mussolini was arrested by his own government and, in September, Italy unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. Germany occupied north and central Italy and launched an offensive that confined Allied troops to the south for 20 months. The German SS launched systematic deportations of Jews and engaged in severe reprisals against Italian partisans and civilians. The Allies broke the stalemate in late spring 1944, but never won a decisive victory. The war ended with Germany's surrender in May 1945. This poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Artwork Title
Israele si Diverte
Alternate Title
The Jew Having Fun
creation:  1944-1945
creation: Italy
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 09:12:50
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