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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionGang War
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date27 Jul 1934
Embedded text or transcriptGhost of the late Mr. Dillinger: "Gee! De big mistake I made waz I didn't go into
politics..." ...News ...Austria
Person DepictedDillinger; John (1903-1934)
Goebbels; Josef (1897-1945)
Goering; Hermann (1893-1946)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
Mussolini; Benito (1883-1945)
NotesBackground information: On July 25, 1934, members of the forbidden NSDAP started a coup
d'état in Austria. They managed to seize the Chancellor's office and assassinated Engelbert
Dollfuß. Not least because Nazi-Germany did not want to get involved in an international crisis
and therefore didn't support the rebels, the coup was unsuccessfully. Beside Hitler and
Mussolini, depicted in typical gangster outfit and with conspirative gestures, this cartoon shows
John Dillinger, an American bank robber, who was shot dead by a policeman in Chicago on July 22,
1934. By contrasting the fascist leaders of Germany and Italy with Dillinger, Low satirically
denounces them as criminals.
Historical periods and persons
Third Reich 1933-45
foreign policy
social policy
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
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