These humiliating images (reliefs) at many churches are of course the Judensau reliefs or pictorial stones.The most famous is 700 years old and is encased in the wall of the Wittenberg church where Luther slammed his positions at the door:
The pig is, as is well known, an impure animal for Jews.
A rabbi is pictured studying the ass while other rabbis drink the milk. Above it is written in Latin “Rabini Schem ha Mephoras” . “Schem ha Mephoras” is the Hebrew pronunciation of “the specific name”, one of the special names of God in the Jewish religion. In the Middle Ages Jews had to wear a special hat so that you could see immediately from a distance there comes a Jew. The people depicted on these reliefs all wear these special hats so that you can immediately see that they are Jews.
There is hardly any more anti-Semitic than this image and such or similar reliefs have been placed in the walls at many churches in order to arouse or increase hatred against Jews:
Above: a Jew’s sow as a gargoylor or gargouille.
Above: Detail Chorstul of Cologne Cathedral (The High Cathedral of Cologne – Cathedral and World Heritage Site – Built for God and the People )
Also in books a picture of the Judensau was often shown:
It is probably clear to everyone that today such facade stones are no longer used in new buildings and books and magazines with such pictures are forbidden directly as anti-Semitic reading.
However, it is possible to publish these illustrations in scientific works on the history of anti-Semitism in the Church.
However, still to leave these tasteless and highly offensive images untouched at churches today clearly shows that it has not yet become clear to the churches how bad for Jews of this Jewish sow picture stones are.
It would significantly improve the relationship between church and Judaism if these pictorial stones were removed and kept in museums or even shown with corresponding text.
Update (June 6, 2019):
The Judensau may stay