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Arthur Szyk caricature of Himmler holding a list of planned executions

Object | Accession Number: 1987.97.1

Brightly colored portrait of Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, drawn by Arthur Szyk when he was living as a refugee in London in 1939. Himmler holds a list naming the Poles and Jews to be executed. Germany invaded and occupied Poland in September 1939. On September 7, Himmler created the Reich Security Main Office which would coordinate the annihilation of European Jews. Szyk often made clear in his work how practical and deliberate the Nazis were in planning their killing operations. Szyk, a Jewish emigre artist, originally from Lodz, Poland, left London for the United States in 1940. After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, his work focused on anti-Nazi political cartoons. In the US, Szyk became a leading anti-Fascist editorial caricaturist, creating works that brought attention to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews by Nazi Germany.

Artwork Title
A Abattre
Alternate Title
To the Slaughter
Date
1939  (creation)
Geography
creation : London (England)
Language
English
French
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Object Type
Caricature (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of F. Peter Rose
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:06
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