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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    The Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR12

The Association for Peace and Freedom, the German organisation that issued this propaganda poster, stood against Soviet Comunism. While "Vacation in a Soviet Paradise - Unforgettable!" could easily be the tag line for a 1950s travel poster, it is here paired with an image of shadowy figures behind bars. The ironic slogan printed on this poster makes reference to Soviet political prisoners held without trial. It seeks to highlight the wrongful imprisonments occurring in the Soviet bloc while more generally calling attention the abuses of civil liberties, particularly those perpetrated under the leadership of Josef Stalin.
The fact that the figures' faces are not defined speaks to their universality: the message the issuers wish to convey is that under this regime, anyone could be incarcerated - including you, the viewer.

Physical description

Figures behind priosn bars. Text written in red.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1951 (made)



Materials and Techniques

colour offset lithography

Marks and inscriptions

Ferier im Sowjetparadies - unvergesslich!
Vollesbund f├╝r Frieden u. Freiheit E.V. Bonn, Alexanderstra├če 20
Vacation in a Soviet Paradise - Unforgettable!
by the Association for Peace and Freedom, Bonn (20 Alexander Street)
translated from the German


Height: 60.5 cm, Width: 42.6 cm

Descriptive line

"Ferier im Sowjetparadies - unvergesslich!" Germany. ca. 1951.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Socialism; Propaganda; Prison; Peace; Freedom


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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