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Original U.S. WWII 1942 This is Brutality OWI Propaganda Poster by Ben Shahn

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an exceptionally rare 1942 U.S. Government printed propaganda poster describing the events that occurred during the Lidice Massacre in the Czech Republic in 1942.

Designed by the artists Ben Shahn the image is a man with a hood over his head is chained in front of a brick wall. Superimposed over him it reads 'Radio Berlin. -- It is officially announced: - All men of Lidice - Czechoslovakia - have been shot: The women deported to a prison camp: The children sent to appropriate centers -- The name of the village was immediately abolished. 6/11/42/115P".

Another example of this poster can be seen in the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago at this link.

It is signed lower right, in image: Ben Shahn printed below image: Poster No. 11. issued by the United States Office of War Information. Additional copies may be obtained from the Division of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office: 1942-O-491104

Overall condition of the poster is very good to excellent with expected edge wear and fold lines. Colors are vibrant. Measures approximately 28.5" x 38".

Ben Shahn, a painter and photographer of Lithuanian origin with a heightened social awareness belonging to the left wing of the so-called American Scene realist movement, devoted most of his artistic output to expressing his political and social concerns.

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