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Poster with an antisemitic quotation attributed to Giordano Bruno

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    Poster with an antisemitic quotation attributed to Giordano Bruno

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    Brief Narrative
    Poster with a mournful looking, stereotyped Jewish man waiting at a dock as he waits to leave for yet another city. There is an antisemitic quote referring to Jews as the scum of the earth. It is attributed to Giordano Bruno, but it is doubtful that is true. Bruno was a Renaissance philosopher who was burned at the stake as a heretic for denying Catholic doctrines. He was later celebrated as a martyr to science. For both of these reasons, Nazi propagandists would find it useful to claim him as a fellow anti-semite, even if they had to invent lies to make the connection. This poster is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)
    publication:  approximately 1935
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, right side, black ink : Giordano Bruno, (1548-1600) "Die Juden bilden ein so pestilenzalisches, aussätziges und gemeingefährliches Geschlecht, daß sie verdienen, vor ihrer Geburt ausgerottet yu werden. Sie sind der Abschaum der Menschheit." [The Jews are such a pestilential, leprous, common and dangerous species , that they deserve to be exterminated at birth. They are the scum of the earth. "
    front, left side, black ink : same quote in Polish
    front, below image, caption, black ink : Überall Bedarf gedeckt. / Schade, daß mer nicht haben an Kolumbus unter uns, der entdecken könnte ä Land, wo mer uns noch nicht kennt. [Overall coverage needed. / It is too bad he we do not have a Columbus among us who might discover a country where they do not know us.]
    front, below image, caption, black ink : the same sentence as above in Polish
    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

    German Polish
    Physical Description
    Light brown poster with a cartoonlike illustration of a stereotyped Jewish man seated on a bollard post at a dock with a block of German text to the left and the same text in Polish to the right. In front of him is light blue water and sky with a steamship in the distance. His head rests in his hands and he has a sad expression on his face as he gazes out to sea. He wears big black glasses on his large, curved nose, a bowler hat, and checked pants with a Talmud in his jacket pocket and an umbrella under his arm. His luggage is to his left: a suitcase covered with travel stickers for several European cities, a satchel with a Star of David, and a pastry box.
    overall: Height: 33.750 inches (85.725 cm) | Width: 18.000 inches (45.72 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
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:30:33
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