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Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper

Object | Accession Number: 1991.182.6

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    Anti-Nazi drawing published in the PM newspaper

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    Brief Narrative
    To me the spirit of the Third Reich is death in a Brown Shirt. I hated and feared the Nazis from the time they began to be powerful. When such things could be printed, I contributed drawings under an assumed name to the newspapers hostile to Hitler. That was to make trouble for me later.
    Artwork Title
    The Spirit of the Third Reich
    The Third Reich
    Series Title
    6 in a series of 31
    publication/distribution:  1940 October 21
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    lower right corner, in pencil, "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 a skeleton, posing as death in a brown S.A. uniform, holding a dagger in the left hand.
    overall: Height: 19.920 inches (50.597 cm) | Width: 15.080 inches (38.303 cm)
    overall : paper, charcoal, ink
    center bottom, in pencil, "The Spirit of the Third Reich"; lower left corner, in pencil, "34"; verso, upper right corner, in pencil, "64"

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    Administrative Notes

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