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Poster - Bolshevik atrocities. The horrors of Kharkov CheKa. The corpses of the hostages tortured by the Bolsheviks.
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Bolshevik atrocities. The horrors of Kharkov CheKa. The corpses of the hostages tortured by the Bolsheviks.

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Ukraine (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1919 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photolithograph

  • Credit Line:

    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:

    E.139-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR4

This poster, published by the White Russian Army, depicts a series of photographs documenting the corpses of hostages tortured by members of the Bolshevik Emergency Commission (CheKA). The event happened in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov during the outbreak of the civil war 1918-1921, a direct result of the October Revolution. The captions beneath each photograph detail the atrocities. The poster was created as a part of widespread anti-Bolshevik campaign.

Physical description

Photoreportage depicting results of the Bolshevik atrocities in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. Photographs show tortured bodies inside and outside of the Emergency Commission office (CheKa) in Kharkov.

Place of Origin

Ukraine (made)

Date

ca. 1919 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Black and white photolithograph

Marks and inscriptions

The Atrocities committed by the Bolsheviks. The horrors of the Kharkov Emergency Commission (CheKa). The corpses of the hostages tortured by the Bolsheviks.
Russian

The Atrocities committed by the Bolsheviks in Kharkov prison.
Russian
Small-print captions beneath the photographs describe the depicted events

Dimensions

Height: 85 cm, Width: 63 cm

Descriptive line

White Russian Army propaganda poster detailing CheKa atrocities, Ukraine, ca. 1919.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithograph

Subjects depicted

Violence; Propaganda; Graves; Death; War; Ideology

Categories

Propaganda; Prints; Politics; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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