Perhaps you have stood in a Polish open-air market and wondered what to make of the booths selling little figurines of traditionally dressed Jews clutching moneybags. Is this classic anti-Semitic trope of the coin-clutching Jew excused by the fact that most of the figurines on sale are cute little Jew dolls? Or by the belief that owning one will bring money and prosperity into a home?
Filthy Lucre: A Look at the History of Jews and Money
An exhibit at the Jewish Museum London showcases the old, vicious stereotype with the aim of debunking it. But does it succeed?