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Picture postcard of a leering Jewish dwarf

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    Picture postcard of a leering Jewish dwarf

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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, black ink : Nathan Hirschl, Vorsteher der / Prager Judengemeinde [Nathan Hirschl, Head of the Jewish Community in Prague]
    front, bottom, black ink : Natan Hirschl der Pragerische Judenschafft Pri. / mas, ünd deß höbraischen Gesatzes approbierter / Püpen=maister, in seinem Schulkleydt. / An aüßbünd aller tib, a Schelm, a [galgnstrikh?] wer suchet in betrug und list sein gröstes glückh. / ter alte Herschl Jud schworz wear Er al[?] a [?]oüln / biß J[?] nrit gröi[ß?] ünd bordt der Teiffl joü wird houln [Natan Hirschl the poshest of the Prague Jews, the puppet master acknowledged by Hebrew law, in his school uniform. An oath to all ?, a rouge, a ? who finds his greatest happiness in deceit. The other Jewish Herschl swore he ? the devil shall take him]
    back, top center, black ink : BRIEFKAART / (CARTE POSTALE) / Algemeene Postvereeniging (Union postale universelle)
    back, center, black ink : Kupferstich von Elias Bäck. [Copper engraving by Elias Bäck.]
    back, bottom left, black ink : Nathan Hirschl, / Vorsteher der Prager Judengemeinde [Nathan Hirschl, Head of the Jewish Community in Prague]
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: Elias Bäck
    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

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    Physical Description
    Unused postcard with a reproduction in black ink of an engraving of a caricatured Jewish dwarf with ugly, exaggerated features. He has hooded eyes, a large nose, and thick lips and wears a kippah and long robe. He looks over his left shoulder and smiles unpleasantly. 2 dwarfs are in the far background. There is German text at the top and bottom. The back has German, Dutch, and French text.
    overall: Height: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm) | Width: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm)
    overall : cardstock, ink

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    Conditions on Use
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    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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