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Leonard Tesher

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English 114A
Professor Batty
October 15, 2014
Political Cartoon Affect on the Holocaust
A political cartoon can set the stage for a new form of message setting. The holocaust is
un doubtingly one of the worst and most scrutinized 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
actions and political views. He decided to pit the blame and anger within himself on one race,
strictly based on the actions 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 at hand and the 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. These statements are indicating that there
should never have been a debate to discuss. The cartoon is depicting that the actions of the
Germans are justifiable and that the Jewish actions are just something ordinary. Over time, most

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everyone could agree, Jewish people are one of the most scrutinized and most polarized people
in the world. Over time it has become a standard to attack the Jewish race which is what led to
the eventual Holocaust. 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 even though so
many people died people are still doubting there reliability as presented in the cartoon.
There is an opposite view to take upon the holocaust that is represented by the USA. The
second one, depicted 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 the offices of united states headquarters reading a newspaper. The man in the
far is handing an article to the man that is closer to the screen and it 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 displays full levels of
ignorance not only from our government but also the people that would make it because they are
saying how much it is irrelevant to care about the Jewish people. They are being killed monthly
and no one seems to care about how many are being killed. There is a holocaust 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 today’s society, all the government and states governments tend to do is just ignore what
is actually going on. They are more concerned with hitting the golf course instead of taking part
in the worlds crises problems. They start random wars for no reason instead of stopping them.
This cartoon struck me especially because it came from a series of cartoons apposing the

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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 between those of the holocaust compared to the statements made by
Brent Staples in his piece can have a big impact on the way people perceive them. People need
to be more cautious of how they entertain a certain topic. Racist ideology has been experienced
all over the world for a long period of time and can be shown in any way. Cartoons tend to poke
fun at a topic but can be just as hurtful towards those that they target.

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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.

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