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Newspaper page featuring an advertisement for the film “None Shall Escape” (1944)

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    Newspaper page featuring an advertisement for the film “None Shall Escape” (1944)


    Brief Narrative
    Page removed from a Canadian publication, featuring an advertisement for the film, “None Shall Escape,” released by Columbia Pictures in 1944. “None Shall Escape” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Story. The film jumps between a fictionalized post-World War II war crimes trial of a Nazi officer from Poland, and the events leading up to and during the war. The man is embittered after Germany’s defeat in World War I, becomes a follower of Adolf Hitler, rises in the ranks of the Nazi party, and returns to terrorize his home village. The film was inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s announcement that the United Nations’ intention of identifying Nazi leaders, and called for them to be tried for war crimes. It not only depicted the Nazi persecution of women, but also their persecution of Jews. The film depicted the mass killing of Jews by German machine gunners, and featured a rabbi as a central character. Although the film was released 15 months before the end of the war, it bore strong parallels to the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, following his capture in Argentina by the Israeli Mossad. Unlike the Nuremburg trials, the Eichmann trial featured the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. This object is one of more than 1,200 objects in the Cinema Judaica Collection of materials related to films about World War II and the Holocaust as well as Jewish, Israeli, and biblical themes.
    Cinematic Release:  1944 February 03
    creation: United States
    distribution: United States
    distribution: Canada
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ken Sutak and Sherri Venokur
    within advertisement, top, printed, black ink : When war is over… / WILL YOU REMMBER ME?
    within advertisement, center left, printed, black ink : I was sixteen when the / Nazis overran Europe. No / girl was spared. We were / made old women within / a few months; we / became worn- / out bodies with / scarred minds... / Today we are the / doomed. We are / empty, broken-the / pitiful remains of / the Nazi scourge. / When / war is over…will you remember me?
    within advertisement, bottom right, printed, black ink : “…they will be brought back to the scene / of their crimes and judged on the spot by / the peoples whom they have outraged.” / -from the Moscow Pact
    within advertisement, bottom, printed, black ink : NONE SHALL / ESCAPE / The Trial of / War Criminals! / Starts TO•MORROW / PUT VICTORY FIRST / BUY VICTORY BONDS / Last day / “Tender / Comrade” / PALACE
    Compiler: Ken Sutak
    Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation
    Distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation
    The Cinema Judaica Collection consists of more than 1,200 objects relating to films about World War II and the Holocaust as well as Jewish, Israeli, and biblical subjects, from 1923 to 2000, from the United States, Europe, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina. The collection was amassed by film memorabilia collector Ken Sutak, to document Holocaust-and Jewish-themed movies of the World War II era and the postwar years. The collection includes posters, lobby and photo cards, scene stills, pressbooks, trade ads, programs, magazines, books, VHS tapes, DVDS, and 78 rpm records.

    Sutak organized these materials into two groups, “Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939–1949” and “Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle, 1950–1972” and, in conjunction with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum (now the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York), organized exhibitions on these two themes in 2007 and 2008. Sutak subsequently authored companion books with the same titles.

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Advertisements (aat)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, double-sided page removed from a newspaper, featuring an advertisement for the film, “None Shall Escape.” The page features four columns of black text, images, and advertisements on off-white newsprint. In the center of the page, spanning the bottom two-thirds of the two middle columns is a large, rectangular advertisement, featuring a photographic image of a woman and her oversized shadow. She is standing with her hands behind her back, wearing a black skirt and a long-sleeve blouse that is torn, revealing a camisole beneath. A tagline is printed in large, uppercase text at the top, and a paragraph fills the space to the left of the image. Overlaying the bottom of the image is a repetition of the tagline and a canted, white, rectangle containing an excerpt from a review. The bottom third of the advertisement is filled by the film title in large block lettering, a disembodied hand with a pointed index finger emerging from the center of the title, and a small illustration of a Nazi officer carrying an unconscious woman. Along the bottom edge is text with additional showing details. The edges of the page are yellowed and torn, with several losses, particularly on the right where it was likely torn from the publication.
    Overall: Height: 23.250 inches (59.055 cm) | Width: 16.500 inches (41.91 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Copyright status is unknown.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Poland. United States.

    Administrative Notes

    The advertisement was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by Ken Sutak and Sherri Venokur.
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    2023-05-24 16:05:22
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