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Magazine cartoon of Roosevelt as a gangster controlled by a Jew

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    Brief Narrative
    This periodical sheet is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    W zwierciadle samokrytycyzm
    Alternate Title
    In the mirror of critical self-reflection
    publication/distribution:  1944
    distribution: Poland under German occupation; Poland
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom, red ink : W zwierciadle / samokrytycyzmu [In the mirror of critical self-reflection]
    front, bottom right, black ink : wule 44
    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
    Double sided illustration removed from a periodical. One side has a full page cartoon of a middle aged man leaning back before and studying his reflection in a large oval mirror. The man, Franklin D. Roosevelt, has a long face, slicked back hair, a smooth, straight forehead with arched eyebrows, pince nez, a straight patrician nose, a pipe between his thin lips, and wears a suit. His reflection is a caricature of a gangster, also leaning back, with unslicked hair, a furrowed forehead with overhanging brows, large worried eyes, a lumpy nose, a cigarette held by a thick, protruding lip, stubble, and wears a turtleneck and jacket. Filling the right side of a mirror is a caricature of an Orthodox Jewish man, with black skullcap, frizzy hair with stringy sidelocks, big, protruding ears, and a huge pointed nose. He is looking sideways at Roosevelt with half closed eyes and a sly grin. To the right of the mirror is a large shadow cast by Roosevelt. The Polish caption is at the bottom. The back page has typed Polish text: a long opening paragraph, followed by 5 quotes by prominent British men: Lord Byron, Admiral Derby, Tomasz Carlyle, Lord Karol Beresford, Bernard Shaw.
    overall: Height: 11.625 inches (29.528 cm) | Width: 8.375 inches (21.273 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive tape

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    Administrative Notes

    The periodical sheet 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
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    2024-03-04 09:02:13
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