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Woodcut of the so-called martyrdom of Simon of Trent

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.457

Single leaf with a woodcut of a blood libel scene from the Nuremberg Chronicle, an early printed work published in Gemany in 1493. This event supposedly took place in 1475 in Trent, Italy, when a a two year old Christian boy named Simon was found dead. Shortly before Simon went missing, an itinerant Franciscan preacher had delivered sermons in Trent vilifying the local Jewish community. The Catholic Church later designated the child Simon as a martyr. Blood libel accusations were one of the oldest antisemitic falsehoods in which a Jewish community or individuals are falsely blamed for killing Christian children in a religious ritual. Over the centuries these claims have resulted in expulsions, executions, and mob attacks against Jews. See 2016.184.457 for another example of this print. This woodcut is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Artwork Title
Martydom of Simon of Trent
Series Title
Sexta etas Mundi
publication/distribution:  approximately 1493
publication: Augsburg (Germany)
Object Type
Wood-engraving (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:13:46
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