||Original World War II poster. Excellent condition.
Lidice was a Czech mining village that was obliterated by the Nazis in retaliation for the 1942 shooting of a Nazi official by two Czechs. All men of the village were killed in a 10-hour massacre; the women and children were sent to concentration camps.
The hooded prisoner, cornered and chained, has no means of escape from the finality of the horrifying message. features a dark foreboding sky and a towering brick wall in the background. A shrouded man in dark clothes creates a classic triangular form in the center, his arms spread wide, shackled to something unseen.
'Poster No.11, ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION. ADDITIONAL COPIES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC ENQUIRIES, OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION, WASHINGTON, D.C.' printed extreme lower margin '*U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1942-0-491104'
(Paret p. 194). Shahn 144, Word & Image p. 91, Internationale Plakate 686, Takashimaya 233, IWM II p. 53.