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Beverungen, emergency currency, 75 pfennigs notgeld, with an anti-Jewish cartoon

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    Beverungen, emergency currency, 75 pfennigs notgeld, with an anti-Jewish cartoon

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    Brief Narrative
    State of Beverungen, Germany, emergency currency note [notgeld] for 75 pfennings issued in the period of hyperinflation during the Weimar Republic. The note was a temporary issue, valid for one year. On the back is an anti-Jewish image of an orthodox Jewish man in a barber's chair. Many politicians and members of the public blamed the Jews for the financial crises and other widely circulated antisemitic slogans accused Jews of taking all the gold and money and leaving Germans Dreck. The bank note is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    issue:  1921 May 01-1922 March 03
    issue: Beverungen (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    face, left, brown ink : 75 / pfs. / Gültig bis zum / 1. März / 1922 / Beverungen, / den 1. Mai / 1921.
    face, center, brown ink : Not- geld / der Stadt / Beverungen
    face, right, brown ink : Der Magistrat / ? / Dr / Brüggermann
    back, left, black ink : Aus der guten alten Zeit / O "David" was ist Dir passiert? / Nein, wirlich es ist nicht / zum Lachen, / Kannst Geschäftchen / heuf nicht machen. / Ja, nun ist es Dir mal / passiert: / "Du bist über den Löf- / fel balbiert." [From the good old days O David what happened to you? No, of course it is not to laugh, Can not do business. Yes, now it has happened to you: "You are balancing over the spoon."]
    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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    Emergency currency on rectangular offwhite paper with brown ink on the face and a black, blue, red, and yellow image on the back. The face has a view of a town with a church steeple in the center and German text on the left. In panels on the right and left is the denomination 75 pfs in the upper left and lower right corners, with the date of issue on the left and the state seal, Magistrat Der Stadt Beverungen, on the tight. The back has a paragraph of German text on the left and a multicolored cartoon of a bald headed Jewish man with curly sidelocks and beard seated in a barber's chair. At his side is a barber with a comb in his hair slathering shaving cream on the Jewish mans face. Two long hooked bars protude from the Jewish man's open mouth. On the back wall is a sign, Bier! [Beer.] In the border around the image are repeated images of a spoon, straight razors, combs, and brushes.
    overall: Height: 2.375 inches (6.032 cm) | Width: 3.500 inches (8.89 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The bank note 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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    2022-07-28 18:30:46
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