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German-Austrian League of Anti-Semites, 50 heller donation receipt

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.852

Coupon receipt for a 50 heller donation to the local chapter of the Deutsch-Österreichischer Schutzverein Antisemitenbund [German-Austrian Defensive League of Anti-Semites] in Amstetten, Austria. There were 100 hellers to a krone and the coupons were issued in several denominations with antisemitic quotes from different historical figures. The goal of the Antisemitenbund was to unite all anti-Semites, in order to protect them from the economic, political, and social influence of the Jews. They called for the legal separation of Jews and non-Jews, the expulsion of Jews who arrived after 1914, and wanted to ban Jews from public office, professions, land ownership, and other rights. The League was founded during the financial crisis of 1919, when many politicians, and the public, blamed Jews for the chaos, sparking sometimes violent demonstrations. It grew rapidly, attracting members from all political and social groups. By the 1930s, the group was dominated by Austrian Nazi Party members, while asserting its independence and nonpolitical nature. In March 1938, Germany annexed Austria, and the League was dissolved. The coupon is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

issue:  1920 April 16
issue: Amstetten (Austria)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2023-05-24 07:44:20
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