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Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper

Object | Accession Number: 1991.182.3

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    Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper


    Brief Narrative
    Can you imagine getting justice at the hands of these men? That one at the ledt is a member of the army. Next is the judge, then a Storm Troop officer, and of course, the one at the right is a member of the Gestapo. And they call this a People's Court! I attended many trials presided over by men with faces like this. I did not see any justice dispensed. I sketched this in Germany and finished it in the U.S.A.
    Artwork Title
    Peoples Court
    Series Title
    3 in a series of 31
    publication/distribution:  1940 October 21
    creation: Germany
    creation: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    lower right hand corner, in ink, "William Sharp"
    Artist: William Sharp
    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

    Object Type
    Drawing (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Image of four figures facing the viewer; from viewer's right to left: member of Gestapo, Storm Tropper, judge, and member of army; all four men sit at what appears to be a judges bench; Nazi banner with Swastika hangs behind them.
    overall: Height: 12.130 inches (30.81 cm) | Width: 15.000 inches (38.1 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, adhesive
    upper right corner, in pencil, "People's Court"; verso, upper right corner, typed paper label "18"

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    Administrative Notes

    The drawing was aquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991.
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    2023-07-06 13:22:16
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