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Article, Communism in Government: Betsky Russ
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
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California State University, Northridge
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California State University, Northridge
In Our Own Backyard - Resisting Nazi Propaganda (Exhibit)
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In response to the spread of organized anti-Semitism in the United States during the 1930s, leaders of Los Angeles' Jewish community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee. The committee later changed its name to the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee. The collection documents the committee's efforts to combat prejudice and educate the public through cooperation with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups, from its formation in 1933 through the early 1990s.
Featuring a very peculiar caricature of Joseph Stalin in the attire of a colonial woman (sewing a flag, à la Betsy Ross), this is a reprint of an article entltled "Communism in Government". The drawing itself features the title "Betsky Russ." The flag being sewn by Stalin/Betsky resembles a Union Jack, with stars in the upper corner similar to what is found on the American flag, except with a red hammer-and-sickle partly obscuring the field of stars. The beginning of the article states: "American history has been put in reverse several times lately but we never thought we'd live to see Stalin in the role of Betsy Ross! However, if the idea of 'Union Now' is carried to its logical conclusion under the present setup even this may come to pass." 9 x 6 in.
Newspaper article reprint
23 x 15 cm
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953
Ross, Betsy, 1752-1836
Communism--United States
Labor unions and communism
Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Box CRC/2 199-63

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