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Poster showing Jewish shopkeepers cheating customers in disgusting ways

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    Brief Narrative
    Antisemitic poster produced in German occupied Poland with cartoonlike images of Jewish shopkeepers using unsanitary and sickening methods to cheat customers: grinding rats for meat, watering down milk, and kneading bug filled dough with their feet. This poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Zyd to oszust jedyny twoj wrog
    Alternate Title
    The Yid is a cheater and only your enemy
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1940-approximately 1942
    publication: Poland under German occupation; Poland
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top left, title, black and blue ink : ŻYD / TO OSZUST / jedyny Twój wróg [The Yid Scammer, only your enemy.]
    front, bottom right, blue ink : Stań! Przeczytaj widzu miły, / Jak Cię ƶydy osaczyły. / Zamiast mięsa szczura sieka, / Brudnej wody da do mleka. / Rozczyn ciasta z robakami, / Ugniatany jest nogami. [State! Read, nice viewer, how the Jews beset you. Rat meat is chopped instead, dirty water given as milk. Dough leavened with worms, kneaded with feet.
    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 paper with caricatures of 3 Jewish shopkeepers preparing food with disgusting ingredients and methods. The men wear yarmulkes, ragged, filthy clothing, and have thick eyebrows, big red ears, long, pointed noses, curly, black beards and sidelocks, and red blotches on their noses, ears, and cheeks. At the top a man in a black vest and white bloodstained shirt prepares to drop a rat in a meat grinder beside a tray labelled siekanina [hash.] In the center, a smiling man in a black shirt pours water from a pail labelled woda [water], into a milkcan labelled mleko [milk.] At the bottom, a frowning man with an open white shirt and rolled up pant leans on a table with 2 bread loaves labelled chleb [bread] as he kneads bugs into dough on the floor with his bare feet. To his right is a Polish poem. On the top left is Polish text over a white outlined Star of David. The background is light blue.
    overall: Height: 41.625 inches (105.728 cm) | Width: 30.125 inches (76.518 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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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
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    2022-07-28 18:30:33
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