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Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper

Object | Accession Number: 1991.182.15

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    Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Dietrich Eckart was one of Hitler's earliest admirers. He died in 1923, but he left a testament. It is the poem, "GERMANY AWAKE!" full of inflammatory stuff. Well, this picture shows how Germany has awakened: a blood-thirsty maniac with a smoking pistol, plowing through heaps of dead. I completed this drawing in 1934, about the time of the Blood Purge.
    Artwork Title
    Germany is Awakened - Deutschland ist erwacht
    Subtitle
    The Awakening
    Series Title
    15 in a series of 31
    Date
    creation:  1934
    publication/distribution:  1940 October 23
    Geography
    creation: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Signature
    center of lower margin, in ink, "William Sharp."
    Contributor
    Artist: William Sharp
    Biography
    Leon Schleifer was born in 1900 in Germany. He served in the German army at the end of World War I (1914-1918). He became a political cartoonist and his work was published in the anti-Nazi press. He also specialized in courtroom trial sketches. After the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, Schliefer emigrated to the United States. He changed his name to William Sharp and continued his career as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator. His work was published in the New York Times, Life Magazine, and other publications. He died in 1961, age sixty-one years.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Art
    Category
    Drawings
    Object Type
    Drawing (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Almost full length portrait of Nazi soldier with smoking pistol walking over human bodies.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 20.000 inches (50.8 cm) | Width: 15.000 inches (38.1 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, graphite, charcoal
    Inscription
    upper right corner, in pencil, "Deutschland ist erwacht / GERMANY IS AWAKENED"

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The drawing was aquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991.
    Record last modified:
    2023-07-06 13:23:20
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