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Leonard Tesher

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English 114A
Professor Batty
October 15, 2014
Political Cartoon Affect on the Holocaust
A powerful message can be made in any form, including a political cartoon. The
holocaust is un doubtingly one of the worst tragedies in the history of the world. It was a time
when the world saw about 6 million jewish people die, due to the acts of one persons mind. He
decided to pit the blame and anger within himself on one race, because of his past. The event has
been publicly noticed by all forms, and in todays society we can view all these forms with the
power of the internet. One form of vindication has come through the use of political cartoons,
and the impact they can have on a certain topic. Political cartoons can either promote the idea of
racism, or squash them. In this case the political cartoons poke fun at the subject of topic saying
how irrelevant the holocaust can be to the idea of racist ideology.
Political cartoons can have a major impact on any topic at hand, depending on what it is
depicting, saying, or trying to express. The first political cartoon, author less, depicts the wind
being portrayed as the debate, and the holocaust as a tower of cards. This cartoon expresses how
the scholars of the world are like a cool wind, and they are trying to topple over the Jewish house
of cards which in this terms is considered to be their lies. The people are trying to say that the
jewish peoples lies are what is feeding this racism. It is saying how there really shouldn't be a
debate to begin with and that it should have happened regardless. The cartoon is depicting that
the actions of the Germans are justifiable and that the jewish actions are just something ordinary.
They would constantly make up lies about what was going on, and but they never got there

retribution. They were brutally attacked by the actions of Hitler and his past experiences that
wanted to haunt the Jewish people once he came out of jail. Pitting the blame on the Jewish
people is just something that was expected based on history, because svn though so many people
died people are still doubting there reliability as presented in the cartoon.

There is a different view that can be taken from these cartoons as well. The second one,
created by Eric Godal in 1943 titled in a series “Cartoonist Against the Holocaust”, is from the
perspective of the U.S. government and how reliable they may be. It shows two people sitting in
office reading a newspaper. The man in the far is handing an article to the man that is closer that
reads “ Jews killed monthly by nazis.” He is handing that paper to the state department as the
cartoon depicts and he is reading what appears to be a newspaper with gossip on it. This cartoon
is the complete definition of the ignorance of the government that we have. There is a serious
act going on overseas that we didn't even try to take action in. The United States didn't enter the
war until the events at Pearl Harbor. The racism depicted in this cartoon is expected because
back then, and even in todays society, all the government and states governments tend to do is
just ignore what is actually going on. This cartoon struck especially because it came from a
series of cartoons apposing the Holocaust. The effect that cartoons are undeniable but the affect
that literature can make is just as impactful.
The racist acts that occurred during the holocaust can be related to the events that Brent
Staples mentions in “Black Men and Public Spaces.” He describes how growing up in the
Metropolitan area as a black man can be challenging, and difficult because of constant racial
abuse from anyone that he sees. The morals and stories that he shares in his piece, can easily be
relatable in those of the actions during the holocaust. He explains how as soon as he moves he is
being viewed as an idealistic black man in the area, that people would all naturally be terrified

of. “It was clear that she thought herself the quarry of a mugger, a rapist, or worse.” The events
that the man goes through as compared to the holocaust relate in such a way that they are the
epitome of the racial ideology and standards set by people and how they view it. They both pit
the blame on the innocence of a race or man. Both are just merely either trying to scape through
or fit into a new scene. Staples and the perceived idea of the holocaust are a scape goat to find a
way to blame someone, and it is easy to do that with both.
The points made in comparison of the holocaust compared to the Brent Staples can have
a big impact on the way people perceive them. People need to be more cautious of how they
entertain a certain topic. A political cartoon can have a major impact and can go a long way to
impacting a situation. The literary effect can play as much of a role as a political cartoon. They
can be related to one another one a level that they are similar to what the other one is saying. One
is pitting the blame and ignorance on a race, while the other one is blaming a man for his skin
color and where he is. Both are the victims of wrong actions, and hopefully in the future people
can be more careful of how they depict a certain topic, because a political cartoon can go a long
way to leading towards the idea of racist ideology.

Works Cited
Godal, Eric. Cartoonist against the Holocaust. 1943. New Rochelle. Excoriating the Apathy That
Aided the Nazis. Web. 20 Oct. 2014. <>.
The Holocaust. N.d. Historical Revisionism. Web. 20 Oct. 2014.