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Faithful to Tradition: Visual Depictions of Antisemitism in Humoristické listy in the 1920s and 1930s

From the book Visual Antisemitism in Central Europe

  • Jakub Hauser


According to the prevailing view of First Republic Czechoslovakia, open manifestations of antisemitism were the domain of anti-state and extremist elements, and as such were outside the acceptable social norm. However, the caustic anti-Jewish attacks which appeared throughout the 1920s and 1930s on the pages of the conformist periodical Humoristické listy (1858-1941), known for its conservative values and the basis of the successes of J. R. Vilímek’s publishing empire, present a good example of what was considered acceptable in a journal targeted at a broad conservative middle-class readership. It was precisely this periodical that at the end of the nineteenth century became one of the main platforms of the escalation of anti-Jewish hatred. This contribution presents the visual production of the 1920s and 1930s when Humoristické listy, by publishing antisemitic drawings that were extremely varied in style and content, continued in the line of the worst of its own history.

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