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American propaganda poster. Signed in lower right corner by Ben Shahn. Depicts a man with a brown bag over his head wearing black with each hand shackled. Standing against brick background. Title in red across the man's chest with text in black with yellow backgrounds.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Poster showing the drawing of a man-hooded and shackled- entitled This is Nazi brutality with image of a telegram reading “RADIO BERLIN- IT IS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED: ALL MEN OF LIDICE-CZECHOSLOVAKIA- HAVE BEEN SHOT: THE WOMEN DEPORTED TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP: THE CHILDREN SENT TO APPROPRIATE CENTERS--- THE NAME OF THE VILLAGE WAS IMMEDIATELY ABOLISHED. 6/11/42/ 115P” The poster was made for the United States Office of War Information.The event Shahn refers to is the Nazi massacre of all of the men of the village of Lidice, the deportation of the women of Lidice to concentration camps, and the murder of most of the children. This carnage occurred after an assassination attempt on the life of Reinhard Heydrich, at the time the director of the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia which was under Nazi occupation. Heydrich was ultimately to die of his wounds. Hitler sought revenge, and the destruction of Lidice as well as the village of Lezacky followed. These actions were directed by Karl Hermann Frank who was tried in Prague after the war for his crimes and sentenced to death by hanging.
33 x 27 1/2"
Brutality, Propaganda, Shackles, Ben Shahn
"This is Nazi Brutality" (1942). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2012.1.575.