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Miniature propaganda card exposing the Jewish conspiracy links to the Allied Nations

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    Miniature propaganda card exposing the Jewish conspiracy links to the Allied Nations


    Brief Narrative
    Miniature German propaganda poster issued during the week of December 10 to December 16, 1941, from the Parole der Woche (Word of the Week) series. The poster contains a diagram that maps out the alleged power structure and key Jewish figures that controlled the Nazi’s enemies. The accompanying text elaborates on the diagram. It gives brief backgrounds of the key figures, and shows their interconnectedness as well as their familial relationships with world leaders. The antisemitic myth that Jews use their power and influence to manipulate and control world governments is one of the most prevalent and long-lasting antisemitic conspiracy theories. Popularized with the widespread publication of the fabricated, antisemitic text, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the canard was a key component in Nazi ideology. Propaganda propagating the hoax was widely distributed throughout German territories. The Nazis used propaganda to buttress public support for the war effort, shape public opinion, and reinforce antisemitic ideas. As part of their propaganda campaign, the Nazis created the Word of the Week Series of posters (also referred to as Wandzeitung, or wall newspapers), which began distribution on March 16, 1936. Each week, new posters were placed in public places and businesses to be viewed by as many people as possible. Posters were the primary medium for the series, but smaller pamphlets were also produced, which could be plastered on the back of correspondences. The posters targeted the Nazis’ early political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany’s enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.
    Artwork Title
    Das jüdische Komplott
    Alternate Title
    The Jewish Conspiracy
    Word of the Week
    Series Title
    Parole der Woche
    publication/distribution:  1941 December 10-1941 December 16
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, left, printed, black ink: Hinter d. Kulissen / der Plutokratie : / JUD / BARUCH / Erfinder der Ver-/ sailler Tribu-klauseln, Freund / Roosevelts und / Churchills, / und ungezühlte / jüdische Hetzer. / Hinter der / Sowietkuisse : / JUD / MOSES- / SOHN / Stalins / Schwiegervater, und 406 jüdisches Regierungsmitglieder!! [behind the scenery / of plutocracy: / JUD / BARUCH / Inventor of the Versailles Tribute clauses, friend of / Roosevelt and / Churchill, / and unpaid / Jewish agitators. / Behind the / Soviet backdrop : / JUD / MOSES- / SON / Stalin's / father-in-law, and 406 Jewish government members!!]
    front, bottom margin, printed, black ink : Parole der Woche Nr. 50/1941 / Zentralverlag der NSDAP., München [Word of the Week Number 50/1941 / Central publishing house of the NSDAP., Munich]
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Issuer: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.
    Publisher: Zentralverlag der NSDAP
    Editor: Hannes Kremer
    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

    Information Forms
    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    Unevenly cut, cardsize poster on newsprint. A yellow diagram overlaid on a square, black background is in the upper right portion of the card. In the center of the diagram is a black-and- white, brutish caricature of a Jewish man’s face with a stereotypically large nose, heavy brows, and thick lips. The face is surrounded by the diagram, which consists of two Stars of David emitting arrows that point to yellow boxes containing Jewish names, and white boxes with the names of the Allied heads of state. To the left is a long column of black German text. Below the diagram is another line of black German text. The margins are discolored, and there is publication information in the lower one.
    overall: Height: 2.875 inches (7.303 cm) | Width: 4.000 inches (10.16 cm)
    overall : newsprint, 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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