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Ben Shahn poster with an image of a hooded man protesting the Nazi destruction of Lidice

Object | Accession Number: 1994.124.1

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Poster created by Ben Shahn for the US Office of War Information as a response to the Nazi-led annihilation and destruction of communities throughout the Czech Republic, including Lidice. It also protests the retaliatory measures taken for the attempted assassination by Czech resistance members of Reinhard Heydrich, director of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, under the Nazi occupation.
    Artwork Title
    This is Nazi Brutality
    Date
    commemoration:  1942 June 11
    creation:  1942
    Geography
    manufacture: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Markings
    front, across center of image : This is Nazi Brutality... / 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. / 6/11/42115P.
    Contributor
    Artist: Ben Shahn
    Producer: United States Office of War Information
    Biography
    Ben Shahn was born in Kovno,(Kaunus) Lithuania, on September 12, 1898. Shahn immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, in 1906. He first worked as a lithographer's apprentice until 1930 and was formally educated at NYU and the National Academy of Design in New York City. He was associated with the Social Realist movement and his work often joined striking visual images with compassionate and powerful political commentary. During World War II (1939-1945) he designed posters the Office of War Information. Shahn, age 71, died on March 14, 1969.
    The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was created on June 13, 1942, to centralize and control the content and production of government information and propaganda about the war. It coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and using posters along with radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warn about foreign spies, and recruit women into war work. The office also established an overseas branch, which launched a large-scale information and propaganda campaign abroad. The government appealed to the public through popular culture and more than a quarter of a billion dollars' worth of advertising was donated during the first three years of the National Defense Savings Program. Victory in Europe was declared on May 8, 1945, and in Japan on September 2, 1945. The OWI ceased operation in September.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Posters
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper poster with an image of a man in a blue suit with a hood tied over his head. His clenched fists are chained to a red brick wall. Across his body is English text designed to look like the pasted strips from a telegram.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 38.000 inches (96.52 cm) | Width: 28.750 inches (73.025 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Shahn, Ben, 1891-1969.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:25:54
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