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Caricature of a Jew whispering to Stalin while he blows bubbles

Object | Accession Number: 2018.10.3

Anti-Jewish, anti-Communist caricature depicting a Jewish man whispering to Joseph Stalin. This cartoon was likely distributed by anti-Soviet partisans in Soviet-controlled Lithuania in approximately 1947. The image depicts a Jewish man with stereotypical features behind Stalin who is in a military uniform and blows soap bubbles full of anti-Communist slogans. The inclusion of the Jew reinforces war-time propaganda that emphasized the Soviet Union’s role as an aggressor advancing the Jewish-Bolshevik agenda. In June 1940, the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania, and one year later was occupied by Germany. In the second half of 1944, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania, and remained in control following Germany’s surrender and the end of the war in May 1945. Soviet authorities exiled, deported, or imprisoned many of their outspoken opponents, including many partisans like members of the youth organization “Union for the Liberation of Lithuania,” who were carrying an almost identical version of this flier when they were arrested in 1947.

Title
Tik muilo burbulas
Alternate Title
Only a soap bubble
Date
approximately 1947  (publication/distribution)
Geography
distribution : Lithuania
Language
Lithuanian
Classification
Art
Object Type
Caricatures (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. The acquisition of this collection was made possible by the Crown Family.
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Record last modified: 2018-08-09 14:31:03
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