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Poster of a pro-Dreyfus parlor game

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    Poster of a pro-Dreyfus parlor game


    Brief Narrative
    Poster of a gameboard for a parlor game about the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal revolving around antisemitism that inflamed late 19th century France. The game was created by Dreyfus supporters during the scandal. The winner is the player who reaches La Veritie or the Truth, represented as a naked woman rising from a well. Board symbols include broken tablets of the Rights of Man, and promotes the idea that hatred and discrimination against one miniority, the Jews, is an attack on the rule of law and the rights of all. Alfred Dreyfus was an army captain found guilty of treason in 1894 for selling military secrets. Antisemitic politicians and publications used Dreyfus as a symbol of the disloyalty and treachery of all French Jews. Zola wrote a letter, J'Accuse, to protest the verdict, in which he accused the Army of a cover up. He was charged with libel and the Dreyfus Affair grew into a national political crisis. It was discovered that the document proving Dreyfus's guilt was forged. But in a second trial, despite the confession of the traitor, the Army again convicted Dreyfus. The verdict was met with outrage around the world. In 1899, Dreyfus was pardoned by the president to end the crisis. The game board poster is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Jeu de L'Affaire Dreyfus et de la Veritie
    Game of The Dreyfus Affair and the Truth
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1898
    manufacture: Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine, France)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, center, black ink : REGLE DU JEU / L'AFFAIRE DREYFUS / et de la VÉRITÉ [Rules of the Game, The Dreyfus Affair and the Truth]
    front, bottom right, black ink : Sceaux -- Imp. E. Charaire
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Printer: Imprimerie Charaire
    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
    Photomechanical color print of an orange gameboard with a coiled oval track with 62 numbered boxes leading to 63, Truth, a naked woman with long blond hair rising from a well. Each box has an Arabic numeral, 1 - 62, above a colorful captioned image of a person, object, or place with a connection to the Dreyfus Affair. Among the people represented are Zola, Picquart, Jaures; there are several images of Truth at different levels within the well, and an assortment of landmarks, letters, newspapers, maps, and telegrams. In the center are the title and 4 paragraphs in French explaining the game. Filling the corners of the poster surrounding the gameboard are images of law scales, broken tablets of the Rights of Man, a game of chance, and a broom sweeping away antisemitic masks. The poster is adhered to slightly larger linen backing, 22.000 x 28.000 inches.
    overall: Height: 18.875 inches (47.943 cm) | Width: 24.875 inches (63.183 cm)
    overall : paper, linen, ink, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The game board 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 18:30:37
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