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
Published by George Mason University Libraries
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.
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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World politics -- Caricatures and cartoons
World War, 1939-1945
Created with ink on paper. The drawing is roughly 7.5" x 10".
Caricature drawing of Nazi officers and onlookers singing around a piano by Zora Simeunovic, C0456, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on March 5, 2012.
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.
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.
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"The Nazi Party: Background & Overview." Background & Overview of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-of-the-nazi-party-nsdap.