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Cartoon: Grabbing It by the Heart

Cartoon: Grabbing It by the Heart

Boris Efimov. "Grabbing It by the Heart," Krasnaia zvezda, April 24, 1945.The caption reads, "The last heart attack of Hitler’s Germany." The map lists Küstrin and Cottbus. The pincers say, "1st Belarusian Front and 1st Ukrainian Front." A naked Hitler tries to escape to the southwest, pulling a tiny Goebbels along by his tail. Berlin is in the form of a heart, the center of the German circulations ystem. By controlling it, the cartoon suggests, Soviet forces will drain all life from the country.



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