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Rollin Kirby political cartoon comparing US isolationism to the Spanish Inquisition

Object | Accession Number: 2015.108.1

Editorial cartoon, Torquemada, created by Rollin Kirby and probably published in the New York Post. The drawing portrays the isolationist US Senator Gerald Nye as a modern day Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor who cleansed Spain of Jews in the 15th century. In Kirby's portrayal, Nye, in judicial robes, is accusing a movie producer of hating Hitler. Nye chaired a committee in the 1930s that sought to tie US entry into World War I (1914-1918) to the influence of war profiteers. He was strongly opposed to US involvement in any foreign wars and was a drafter of the 1936 Neutrality Act forbidding arms shipments to any belligerent country. He won re-election in 1938 and was appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he advocated non-intervention. He also formed the anti-war America First Committee. In 1941, he accused Hollywood of acting under the influence of Jews and communists and inciting war fever.

Alternate Title
Torquemada
Date
1941 September 11  (publication/distribution)
approximately 1941 September 11  (creation)
Geography
publication : New York (N.Y.)
creation : New York (N.Y.)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:20
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