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Arthur Szyk poster for the Polish-Soviet War 1919-1921

Object | Accession Number: 2008.39.1

War propaganda poster designed by Arthur Szyk to rally the Polish people against the Bolsheviks during the Polish-Soviet War, February 1919 - March 1921. It depicts wounded Polish soldiers next to a 19th century patriotic poem by M. Romanowski celebrating the Polish Homeland. Szyk was a Polish Army officer and artistic director of the Department of Propaganda for the Polish army regiment quartered in Łódź during this war. In 1921, Szyk moved to Paris where he established his career as one of the greatest modern creators of illuminated miniatures. After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, his work focused on anti-Nazi political cartoons. In the US, Szyk became a leading anti-Fascist editorial caricaturist, creating works to bring attention to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews by Nazi Germany. Szyk's art, throughout his career, expressed support for human dignity, freedom, and tolerance.

Artwork Title
Ojczyźnie naszej Polsce bądźmy wierni
Alternate Title
To our homeland, Poland, let us be faithful
publication/distribution:  1920
manufacture: Łódź (Poland)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alina Skibinska
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:18:51
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