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Artist or CreatorBert Thomas
Title or Caption[no caption]
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date31 Oct 1939
Size27 x 34cm
Techniqueblack ink/black crayon
Embedded text or transcript"Shake!"
Person DepictedHitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
Stalin; Joseph (1879-1953)
NotesNews; "Annexation of Western Poland. Provinces of West Prussia and Posen formed. - 1914 Frontiers extended. - Appointment of Governor General for the Remaining Occupied Polish Territories. - Plight of the Civilian Population. - Jewish "Reserve" in S.E. Poland. The German High Command announced on Oct 16. that the movement of troops for the occupation of the German "zone of interest" in Poland had been completed and that no further communiques on the Eastern Front would be published. ... "[Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3784]
News: "The Sovietisation of Russian Poland. - Annexation of the Western Ukraine and Western White Russia. Elections were held on Oct. 22 in the Western Ukraine and Western White Russia - the two territories into which Russian-occupied Poland has been divided - to elect delegates to "People's Assemblies" for each region ..." [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3785]

Notes: The Nazi-Soviet pact of August 1939 on the surface agreed a state of non-aggression between the two signatories. However, the secret clauses agreed to carve up Poland and establish spheres of influence in Europe. Stalin was almost obliged to seek rapprochment with Hitler, given that he calculated that he needed approximately 3 years to be really ready for war. Hitler used the N-S pact as a means to avoid the war on two fronts that had compromised Germany during World War I. Therefore, the Molotov-Rippentrop pact was, in reality, the stepping stone HItler needed to actually embark on war.
Nazi-Soviet Pact
World War 1939-1945
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkBritish Cartoon Archive
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GB/BCA/394Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)1889-1945Born in Austria. Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party). He served as German chancellor from 1933-1945 and head of state (Fuhrer) from 1934-1945. He established a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideals of national socialism. He gained support for his views on German nationalism, anti-Semitism, anti-capitalism and anti-communism through his impassioned speeches and propaganda. He wanted to establish a New Order of absolute rule in Europe and pursued a policy of seizing land by force for the Aryan people.  
GB/BCA/273Stalin; Joseph (1879-1953)1879-1953   
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