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Arthur Langerman

Arthur Langerman was born in Antwerp in 1942 as the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants. Following the German invasion, he was sent to an orphanage in 1944, while his parents were deported to Auschwitz. Only his mother survived, but never talked about the Holocaust with her son.

The trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961 sparked in Arthur Langerman the urge to learn more about the National Socialist genocide of the European Jews and the history of anti-Semitism in general. He began to collect anti-Semitic objects, which he regarded as evidence and potential explanation for the Holocaust. Due to the desire to keep the space needed for his collection as small as possible, he soon limited his collecting ambitions almost exclusively to drawings and graphic propaganda materials. In the following decades, his collection became his passion. Today, he arguably owns the world’s largest collection of anti-Semitic drawings and images.

After having kept his collection private for a long time, speaking about it only to a few trusted friends, Arthur Langerman decided, due to the rise in anti-Semitic acts and statements in recent years, that it was time to change this. He started looking for opportunities to make his collection accessible for pedagogical and educational purposes, as well as scientific research. In 2016, 12 posters from his collection were exhibited in the Belgian Holocaust Memorial Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. Between March 2017 and April 2018, some 150 posters, post cards and paintings from his collection were displayed in the Mémorial de Caen in Normandy, France.

For more information on the exhibition in the Mémorial de Caen, please visit:



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