Jola Fallach
I like the Independent, even during the weekend it is not boring, and in some aspects very educative. Here is an article 'The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emergd from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?'
The pictures are taken from the front page and then from the page with the article itself. Note the change in the titles, the first is much more emotional, whereas the second more informative.

The title, quite long (three lines) serves as an explanation of the article. It is about the Battle of Waterloo and Nathan Rothschild. And how one pamphlet changed facts into the myth which become the truth for 200 years. Words like 'libel' and 'slur' with an anti-Semitic label, indicates some historical injustice, which is going to be explained, and that sounds like solving a historical riddle. 

The picture dominates the front page: it is colourful, resembles a historical painting and is patriotic. After reading the title, is it obvious that it must be a scene of the British Victory at Waterloo. The title of the painting is 'The charge of the Scots Greys and Gordon Highlanders at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815'. (I failed to find the painter.) On the left, there is a small insert presenting a man, presumably it is mentioned Mr Rothschild. 


Both, the title and picture are effective because the negative feelings which may be awoken by the title, are conciliated by the positive emotions driven by the picture. So the reader looks for the information without feeling guilty because of the past. 

The author, a historian, explains the origin of 'a political pamphlet (1846) bearing the ominous signature "Satan"', in which Satan explains that Nathan Rothschild's 'vast fortune was built upon the bloodshed of the battle of Waterloo'. The pick of these accusations was reached in a 1940 Nazi film 'Shares in Waterloo'. The pamphlet written by Georges Dairnvaell, who himself hated Rothschild, became the historical truth for many years. The author of the article further explains the historical facts and how the surname Rothschild became a synonym of a greedy Jew.
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