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Seremos reivindicados por la historia

Poster
1975 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

During the Cold War in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for Communist espionnage and treason in the United States. At the end of their controversial trial and failed appeals, they were executed by electrocution on 19 June 1953. Ethel was the first woman to face capital punishment since the U.S. government hanged Mary Surratt for her role in President Abraham Lincoln's assasination in 1865.
This poster was issued to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Rosenberg execution.
Cuba, a communist island, produced many propaganda posters which decried various U.S. government actions. The slogan on this poster translates as "we will be vindicated by history." It expresses Cuban solidarity with the Rosenbergs' plight and ultimately promotes a redemption of the couple denied to them in life.
The slogan also refers to a moving speech delivered by Fidel Castro during his own government defence trial in 1953 when he declared "history will absolve me." Cubans viewing this poster in 1975 would have readily linked the quote to Fidel Castro, whether or not they were familiar with the Rosenbergs.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
colour offselt lithograph
Brief description
"Seremos reivindicados por la historia" Stylised portraits of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Cuba, 1975. Abstracted design in red and black, possibly by Felix Beltran.
Physical description
Stylised portrait in red and black of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (the syle suggests graphic designer Felix Beltran).
Dimensions
  • Height: 84.4cm
  • Width: 54.7cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • Seremos reivindicados por la historia (translated from the Spanish)
  • Conmemoracion del 22 aniversario/ del Asesinato de los/ Esposos Rosenberg por la reaccion/ Norteamericana (lower left)
  • Departamento de Orientacion Revolucionaria del CC PCC - 1975 (along lower right margin)
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
Subjects depicted
Places depicted
Summary
During the Cold War in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for Communist espionnage and treason in the United States. At the end of their controversial trial and failed appeals, they were executed by electrocution on 19 June 1953. Ethel was the first woman to face capital punishment since the U.S. government hanged Mary Surratt for her role in President Abraham Lincoln's assasination in 1865.

This poster was issued to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Rosenberg execution.

Cuba, a communist island, produced many propaganda posters which decried various U.S. government actions. The slogan on this poster translates as "we will be vindicated by history." It expresses Cuban solidarity with the Rosenbergs' plight and ultimately promotes a redemption of the couple denied to them in life.

The slogan also refers to a moving speech delivered by Fidel Castro during his own government defence trial in 1953 when he declared "history will absolve me." Cubans viewing this poster in 1975 would have readily linked the quote to Fidel Castro, whether or not they were familiar with the Rosenbergs.
Other number
LS.2637 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession number
E.1220-2004

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Record createdApril 26, 2005
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