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Anti-Bolshevist, Anti-Semitic 1918 Great Exhibition advertisement poster

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.10

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    Anti-Bolshevist, Anti-Semitic 1918 Great Exhibition advertisement poster

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    Brief Narrative
    Poster showing a figure shaded in red with stereotypical Jewish features setting fire to the numbers 1918. It is a propaganda advertisement for the 1944 Grossausstellung 1918 Exhibition, which was designed to show Germans why they were fighting World War II. The Exhibition was title 1918 in order to emphasize that Germany surrendered that year and showed how horrible the conditions in Germany were at the conclusion of World War I. The imagery of a man with Jewish features, with both the year and him presented in red, strongly implies the Nazi belief that Jewish Communists sabotaged the German war effort and brought forth the inevitable consequences for Germany.
    Grossausstellung 1918
    Alternate Title
    Great Exhibition 1918
    publication/distribution:  1944
    distribution: Vienna (Austria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, printed, red ink : GROSS- / AUSSTELLUNG / 1918 [Great Exhibition 1918]
    front, bottom, printed, light brown : IM MESSEPALAST / TÄGLICH (AUCH SONNTAG) VON 9-19h / EINTRITT 50Rpf. [In the meeting place daily (only Sunday) from 9-19h admission 50 Rpf.]
    front, bottom right, printed, black ink : Q/0359

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Physical Description
    Poster on light brown paper on a white linen backing depicting a man shaded in red setting fire to a large, red 1918. He wears baggy pants, a short sleeve shirt and a baggy hat, and has a long hooked nose, large ears, beady eyes and a devilish grin. He is crouched down and holding a flaming torch to the large numbers above him which has wisps of flame coming off it. Behind him the partial background is black and has a scalloped edge to resemble smoke. At the top are two lines of large red text. At the bottom, within the background, are three lines of light brown text. The poster is creased, with a water stain in the top left corner, and a tear in the right center.
    overall: Height: 35.375 inches (89.853 cm) | Width: 23.875 inches (60.643 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive, pencil
    front, bottom left on linen, pencil : 16/G
    front, bottom right on linen, pencil : pII198

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
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