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Poster of an miserable old Jewish man crawling with lice

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    Poster of an miserable old Jewish man crawling with lice

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    Brief Narrative
    This poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Strzez Sie Tyfusu Plamistego, Unika Zydow
    Alternate Title
    Protect yourself from Typhus, Avoid the Jews
    publication/distribution:  1941
    publication: Poland under German occupation; Poland
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top, title, red ink : STRZEŻ SIE / TYFUSU PLAMISTEGO [Beware of typhus rash.]
    front, bottom, red ink : UNIKAJ / ŻYDÓW [Avoid the Jews.]
    front, left, black ink : Sawigórski R. 1941
    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 of a blue-gray tinted older Jewish man sitting with his knees bent to his chest with 8 giant, yellow ringed, outlined lice superimposed over his body. His large veined hands are pressed to his chest; 1 clutches his lapel. He has thick eyebrows, long, straight, but unkempt, hair, mustache, and beard, and his heavy lidded eyes look with misery through wireless spectacles. He wears a yarmulke, long, wrinkled overcoat, and ankle boots. On the left, partially hidden behind his shoulder, is a giant, purple and black skull. On the right is a large, blue outined Star of David. The image is within a tilted black rectangle with the Polish title above and below. It is adhered to slightly larger linen backing.
    overall: Height: 40.250 inches (102.235 cm) | Width: 29.000 inches (73.66 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 18:13:44
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