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ANTI-SEMITIC BIGOTRY AS CHRONICLED BY HISTORICAL MEDALS


 

Several variants of these types of medals were issued during the period of the late 17th century and early 18th century. Some had images similar to the obverse shown in figure 2, some with the hanging Jew shown in figure 5 with an abundance of grain, implying once again that the Jew is benefitting from the plentiful grain, and some with variations of these obverses but shown with the grain sifter on the reverse. In all these medals the principal figure is clearly identified as DU KORN JUDE.

Although these medals might be viewed as ancient history, having been made centuries ago, inflammatory medals denigrating Jews are still being produced. One such medal, issued in 1923 (figure 7) and reissued as recently as 1993 shows on the obverse a fat man sitting on a bushel of grain. As the legend is “Whether Jew or Christian a Scoundrel,” one can interpret it as treating Jews and Christians equally, but because of the history of these types of medals Kirschner considers this to be a modern Korn Jude medal. The reverse legend translates as: “In Time of Evil, Without a Doubt, a Human Is Often the Other Devil.”

Kornjude Medal  Style Naked Jew on Grain Bushel, 1923, Medal
Figure 7. Kornjude Style Naked Jew on Grain Bushel, 1923, Medal

[Friedrich Wilhelm] Fritz Hörnlein, Germany, 1923, Aluminum struck medal, 38 mm. Ref: Kirschner 30 (Image courtesy of Alex Ben-Arieh)

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