Poster for ‘Night of the Crocodile’, an event headed by the Soviet satirical magazine ‘Krokodil’, 1930’s.
Krokodil (Russian: “Крокодил”, “crocodile”) was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union. It was founded in 1922.
Although political satire was dangerous during much of the Soviet period, Krokodil was given considerable license to lampoon political figures and events. Typical and safe topics for lampooning in the Soviet era were the lack of initiative and imagination promoted by the style of an average Soviet middle-bureaucrat, and the problems produced by drinking on the job by Soviet workers. Krokodil also ridiculed capitalist countries and attacked various political, ethnic and religious groups that allegedly opposed the Soviet system. For example, at the time of the Doctors’ plot it published a number of anti-semitic articles and cartoons. (via Wikipedia)
(via The Palestine Poster Project Archives)
“Free Soviet Jews!” for Solidarity Sunday March, Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry, New York, 1983
Artist: Julia Noonan
Angry Americans of all stripes are confronting Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party (1964-1982), demanding that Russian Jews be permitted to leave the Soviet Union. A pennant declaring “Free Soviet Jews” and two Israeli flags fly over the crowd assembled at Battery Park in Manhattan – notice the Statue of Liberty in the background. This is a powerful image for the 1980’s cause that united almost all Jews of the United States. (via Art at the Center)
Part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s “Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry Movement, 1967-1989” exhibit, running until August 5th, 2012.
Mikhail M. Cheremnykh
Untitled (Nuremberg Trials), November 29, 1945
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
”On the trial of the main war criminals in Nuremberg
The Fascist bandits in their inner circle”
Let our people go
Coalition to Free Soviet Jews
March for Soviet Jewry, Sunday May 2, 1987
Poster by Paul Davis