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Artist or CreatorSidney 'George' Strube
Title or CaptionThe writing on the wall!
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Express
Date22 Sep 1939
Size38.1 x 53.2cm
Techniqueblack ink
Embedded text or transcriptNazi victory feast
Czech Slovak revolt.
Person DepictedRibbentrop; Joachim von (1893-1946)
Goebbels; Josef (1897-1945)
Goering; Hermann (1893-1946)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
Implied textSayings: The writing on the wall is an expression that suggests a portent of doom or misfortune. It originates in the Biblical book of Daniel - where supernatural writing fortells the demise of the Babylonian Empire, but it has come to have a wide usage in language and literature.
Bible stories: It is stated in Daniel V that Belshazzar gave a banquet to the lords and ladies of his court, at which the sacred vessels of the Jerusalem Temple, which had been brought to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar at the time of the Judean captivity in 586 B.C., were profaned by the ribald company. In consequence of this, during the turmoil of the festivities, a hand was seen writing on the wall of the chamber a mysterious sentence which defied all attempts at interpretation until the Hebrew sage Daniel was called in. He read and translated the unknown words, which proved to be a divine menace against the dissolute Belshazzar, whose kingdom was to be divided between the Medes and Persians. In the last verse we are told that Belshazzar was slain in that same night, and that his power passed to Darius the Mede.
NotesSigned : Strube after Dore. Herr Hitler's Danzig Speech. Herr Hitler made his ceremonial entry into Danzig on Sept. 19, and speaking to a huge crowd, said "This moment is an experience of joy, not only for you but for the whole German people. I am myself conscious of the greatness of this hour...." ... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3736] Slovakia. - Protest against German Invasion of Slovakia. A communication was handed to Colonel Beck by Dr Ladislaw Szathmary, Minister of the Slovak Republic in Warsaw, on Sept. 2 protesting against "the brutal disarmament of the Slovak army, the arbitrary occupation of Slovakia by the troops of the Third Reich, and the use of Slovakia as a base for warlike action against the brotherly Polish people". ... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3738]
Third Reich 1933-45
banqueting halls
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Historical periods and persons
World War 1939-1945
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Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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