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Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper

Object | Accession Number: 1991.182.5

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    Brief Narrative
    This one I did in America in 1935, with bitterness and a heavy heart. This man was my friend. He was Berthold Jacob, a Berlin newspaper man who hated Hitlerism, and said and wrote so. He was kidnapped from his hotel in Basel, Switzerland, beaten and dragged across the border. He testified at the kidnapper's trial in Switzerland. For a while Jacob was in a prison camp. What happened to him after that, I don't know.
    Artwork Title
    Crossing the Frontier
    Crossing the Border
    Series Title
    5 in a series of 31
    creation:  1935
    publication/distribution:  1940 October 21
    creation: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    lower right hand corner, in ink, "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 a man wearing a Nazi uniform holding a knife to the back of the neck of another man who is on his knees; sign that says "Switzerland" on top of a line, "Germany" written underneath line
    overall: Height: 15.670 inches (39.802 cm) | Width: 14.800 inches (37.592 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The drawing was aquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991.
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