[USHMM #93833/Location of original artwork unknown, photo courtesy of Irvin Ungar through the Arthur Szyk Society] Satan Leads the Ball,1942Detail
Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini Szyk portrayed the Italian leader as a Nazi lackey whose army’s poor performance in the field mirrored his own bedraggled appearance.
[USHMM #93758/Dr. Samuel Halperin, Washington, D.C.; Original dimensions: 9 7/16" x 13 5/8"] Il Duce, Esquire,June 1942 Inthe 1940s, Esquire was America’s most noted men’s magazine, with a mass circulation of some 500,000. Building on Szyk’s growing popularity, the journal distributed color reproductions of Szyk’s wartime images for display in more than 500 United Service Organizations (USO) centers throughout the United States.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet in Venice.
Italy, June 14, 1934.
[USHMM #89908/Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije]
Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini meets with Adolf Hitler.
[USHMM #80504/National Archives and Records Administration]
Axis leaders Adolf Hitler and Italian prime minister Benito Mussolini meet in Munich.