Guide to Caricature drawing of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano by Zora Simeunovic, circa 1940

Caricature drawing of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano by Zora Simeunovic C0456


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Simeunovic, Zora
Title Caricature drawing of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano by Zora Simeunovic
Date circa 1940
Physical Characteristics .01 Linear Feet
Abstract A caricature of three men in military uniforms, presumably members of the Nazi Party, and two women making music around a piano with small dogs. The drawing was created by a person named Zora Simeunovic.
Collection Number C0456
Language German

Historical Information

The Nazi Party was a German far-right political party that existed from 1920-1945; it came to national power in 1933 and held that power until 1945. Led by Adolf Hitler, the Nazis believed in a rigid racial hierarchy with the German so-called "master race" at the top. This belief led the Nazi state and its collaborators to commit the genocide of millions of Jews, as well as other marginalized groups it deemed "inferior", such as homosexual men and women, Romani people, the disabled, and people of non-German nationalities such as Slavic peoples. This genocide is known as the Holocaust, and is considered one of the greatest atrocities in human history.

Many European countries were occupied by the Axis powers during World War II, including Serbia, then a part of the former Yugoslavia. Serbia was occupied by Germany specifically from 1941 - 1944, which resulted in the murder of over 14,000 Jews.

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Scope and Content

A caricature of three men in military uniforms, presumably members of the Nazi Party, and two women making music around a piano with small dogs. The seated man on the left holding a dog appears to be an emaciated Adolf Hitler, while the standing male figure, sweating profusely, sings in German. The first words of his song appear to be "Ach Gott, ich bin so wud" which may be misspelled lyrics translated to "Oh god, I am so dignified." The drawing was created by a person named Zora Simeunovic. Simeunovic is a Serbian surname.

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

There are no other restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Caricature drawing of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano by Zora Simeunovic must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds other materials and rare books on the Nazi Party and World War II. It also holds the Kukryniksy Russian caricature poster collection.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Art
Nazis
World politics -- Caricatures and cartoons
World War, 1939-1945

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Created with ink on paper. The drawing is roughly 7.5" x 10".

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Caricature drawing of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano by Zora Simeunovic, C0456, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on March 5, 2012.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in September 2020. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in September 2020. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.

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Bibliography

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Serbia in World War II." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc. https://www.britannica.com/place/Serbia/Serbia-in-World-War-II.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Third Reich." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc. https://www.britannica.com/place/Third-Reich.

"The Nazi Party: Background & Overview." Background & Overview of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-of-the-nazi-party-nsdap.

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