Friday Oct. 9th Assignment

Throughout my research, I found this 1919 German poster, The Danger of Bolshevism, to be most interesting. Made by Rudi Feld, the poster portrays the incoming influence of communism from Russia. I found it very interesting of how Rudi expressed the “Red Terror” to that extreme. I saw it as an image of literal death with crosses and a gallows in the background,but It portrays the Russian communist party’s notorious killings and tortures against their political enemies and how they used fear to slowly control over the country. This poster was made to warn people about the incoming communistic influence. I also found it funny and ironic to see how this poster was purposed to warn people, but it would instead made the communist’s job to scare and essentially “control” the public easier. To start making constraints, I could focus on one topic that both, the Allies and the Axis Powers, had made posters of. For example, I could look at posters that were Danger of Bolshevismmeant to criticize the Germans, then the Americans, and compare the two to see what kind of perspective the “people” or the government saw of their enemies.

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  1. As someone who is fascinated by WWII, this is incredibly interesting to me. Not only is the message being portrayed by this poster powerful, but the art is haunting. It’s incredible to see how different the poster art was during these times in comparison to now, and how they actually had posters to advertise certain sentiments during war time. The posters were not generic and easily made, they were hand painted and beautifully crafted, like actual works of art which may someday end up in a museum. I agree with your thoughts on how this poster may actually be doing the opposite of what was intended. I definitely think you should pursue this further with the other countries involved in the war and see if there is a common trend among them.

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