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Sunday, June 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schnorrers and parvenus: antisemitic caricatures in the Viennese Press during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

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During the current COVID-19 crisis we have seen xenophobic abuse of people of Chinese descent, accused of having somehow contributed to the worldwide health crisis. Jews are no strangers to such bigotry that blames them for the society’s ills—one popular imagining as a “plague” descending on an unsuspecting Gentile society. This presentation will explore the stereotyping of Vienna’s Jewish population through antisemitic caricatures that appeared in popular Viennese press in the decades before WWII. Such imagery reveals the complex and often conflicting of imaginings of Jews within one of Europe’s most ‘Jewish’ cities before WWII.

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Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan is a scholar of dress and cultural history. His research, including his PhD, examines the Jews of Vienna, clothing, identity and antisemitism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He teaches design history at the University of New South Wales Art... Read More →

Sunday June 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST