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US poster of black smoke around displayed national flags

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.21

US propaganda poster depicting the flags of the world rising triumphantly out of the smoking fires of war as the United Nations. It was issued by the Office of War Information as a symbol of the unity of the Allied forces against their common enemies. On January 1, 1942, representatives of the US, Great Britain, Soviet Union, and China signed the United Nations Declaration, joined the next day by 22 other nations. In this document, the signatory governments pledged to exert the maximum war effort and not to make a separate peace. The United Nations was founded 3 years later. The OWI was created in 1942 to control the design and distribution of war information to the American public and commissioned work, such as this painting, from leading artists.

Artwork Title
United Nations Fight for Freedom
Series Title
OWI no. 79
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2022-04-29 14:00:31
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