Anti-Nazi caricature, discouraging revealing information, published by Palestine Government
overall: Height: 11.500 inches (29.21 cm) | Width: 7.625 inches (19.368 cm)
The caricature was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2019.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. The acquisition of portions of this collection were made possible by the Philip and Janet Levin Foundation and the Joseph H. and Freda Guzman Gerber Fund for Library Acquisitions.
Funding Note: The acquisition of this artifact was made possible by The Philip and Janet Levin Foundation Family Fund.
Anti-Nazi cartoon published in Palestine in the early 1940s, with a quote attributed to the book of Proverbs from the Hebrew Bible. The quote is erroneously attributed to Proverbs 21. verse 24 but it is actually Proverbs 21:23. Posters urging the public to be discrete about what information they reveal in conversations with strangers were common during World War II. Both the United States’ Security of War Information Campaign (also known as the Hush-Hush Campaign), and Britain’s Careless Talk Series were created to deliver similar messages. Following World War I, The League of Nations awarded control of Palestine to Great Britain. After the British takeover, successive waves of immigration (Aliyots) dramatically increased the region’s Jewish population. During the Nazis rise to power, and outbreak of World War II, thousands of European Jews attempted to escape to Palestine. However, Britain placed strict limits on the number of Jews that could enter the country to ameliorate Arab concerns about the increasing Jewish immigration. During the war, thousands of Palestinian Jewish volunteers served in the British Army, and on September 14, 1944 a Jewish Brigade was established.
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Cartoon printed on faded, off-white paper. The man on the right is wearing a blue suit over a brown shirt, which is colored like a Sturmabteilung (SA) uniform. He holds a mask in his hand, revealing the face of Hitler underneath. The center man is wearing a yellow suit and blue hat and has a split torso with two heads. The right head is listening to Hitler and the left head is relaying the information to the man on the left, who is wearing a green suit and has long vertical, curly hair. Below the image are several lines of black Hebrew text. The paper has an orange printed border. The back has a centered rectangular stamp in blue ink with several lines of text inside. The paper has several small, dark, spots and streaks on the front and back. There is water damage in the lower right and a loss in the bottom right corner.
back, center, stamped, blue ink : GOVERNMENT OF PALESTINE / [Arabic text] / [Hebrew text] / PRESS BUREAU] / [Arabic text] / [Hebrew text]