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Faces of the Enemy

Seventy years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, a group of artists and writers in Moscow joined forces under the auspices of the TASS News Agency to reassure and rouse the Soviet citizenry by producing large-scale posters. Within their work, these artists and writers showcased their talents in myriad ways, embodying the popular idiom “the pen is mightier than the sword.” This video explores the portrayal of the villain, just one of the methods the artists used to mobilize their audience. They stenciled Hitler, Mussolini, and Goebbels as a cast of characters ranging from sinister to silly: as a spider, an old woman, a dragon, a tree, a skeleton, a snake, a bird, and a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Come see these arresting images firsthand and check out the exhibition website for even more faces of the enemy.