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2 sided gameboard for chess and the antisemitic Game of the Jew

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.544

Double-sided, handcrafted wooden gameboard with a numbered playing grid for the Game of the Jew dice game on one side and a chessboard on the other. The Game has a painting of a turbaned Sephardic Jew in the center square. It is played with 2 dice and several tokens, evenly divided among players. The dice are rolled and the value indicates how many tokens that player can add or remove from the game space with that number. Tokens are only added, not removed, to the 7 or Jew’s space. The accumulated tokens on the board are collected by the player who rolls a twelve. The player with the most tokens at the end wins. The player's goal is to emulate the antisemitic stereotype of the greedy, wealth hoarding Jew. Versions of this dice game without the caricatured Jew as the centerpiece, called Gluckshaus, Jeu de Sept, and Merry Seven, were known throughout Europe by the 15th century. The early version of this game, made of a paper print attached to treated linen and called The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew, was sold in London, England, in 1807, by Wallis and Dunnett. This gameboard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Date
approximately 1800-1825  (creation)
Geography
creation : Great Britain
Classification
Toys
Category
Games
Object Type
Gameboards (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:05
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