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Judensau

Weathered sculpture on a buttress of the south side, which faces the former Jewish Quarter, depicting the Judensau ("Jews' Sow"). The sculpture shows Jews suckling on a large sow (a female pig). This image - intended to be especially degrading and insulting since the pig is unclean in Judaism - was widespread in German-speaking lands. Another infamous example of a Judensau is at the City Church in Wittenberg, which was mentioned with approval by Martin Luther in his anti-Jewish writings.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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