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Ben Shahn poster with an image of a hooded man protesting the Nazi destruction of Lidice

Object | Accession Number: 2001.337.2

Poster created by Ben Shahn for the US Office of War Information as a response to the Nazi-led annihilation and destruction of communities throughout the Czech Republic, including Lidice. It protests the retaliatory measures taken for the assassination by Czech resistance members of Reinhard Heydrich, a close associate of Himmler and Hitler and major implementor of the Final Solution for the Jewish problem. On May 1942, when Heydrich was acting Reich Protector in the former Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, a hand grenade exploded under his car in Prague. Heydrich died on June 4 as a result of his injuries. Hitler personally ordered the destruction of Lidice, which occurred June 9, in retaliation for Heydrich's death.

Artwork Title
This is Nazi Brutality
Series Title
Office of War Information poster, no. 11
commemoration:  1942 June 11
creation:  1942
manufacture: United States
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yehuda Nir
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:15:16
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