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Postcard of a fat woman in a striped bathing suit

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.765

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    Postcard of a fat woman in a striped bathing suit

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    Brief Narrative
    This postcard is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, top center, red ink : Ä koschere Meernix’. [A kosher Bather]
    back, top, black ink : Carte postale - Postkarte - Cartolina postale / Dopisnice - Post card Briefkaart - Levelezö-lap. / Union postale universelle – Weltpostverein - Unione Postale universelle [Post card – Postcard – Postcard Postcard – Post card Postcard – Mailing-sheet Universal Postal Union – World Postal Union – Universal Postal Union]
    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.

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    Physical Description
    Postcard with a black and white illustration of a fat woman standing on a bowed springboard. She has stereotypical Jewish features, including dark, curly hair, hooded eyes, a large nose, and thick lips, and wears a striped, formfitting bathing suit. Her back is to the viewer and she looks to the right and smiles. The springboard extends over a large body of water. A sailboat and shoreline are in the background. The back has text in seven languages.
    overall: Height: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    overall : cardstock, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    The postcard 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 18:30:40
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