Franz Joseph the hangman


This Italian booklet contains satirical texts and cartoons, designed to degrade and demonise the enemy. It was used as war propaganda. Grotesque images of the ‘hated enemy’ may also have been designed to downplay or at least justify the harshness of the war. The image on the cover shows Emperor Franz Joseph I being hanged. Cecco Beppe is a shortened version of the Italian for Franz Joseph, Francesco Giuseppe.

Full title:
Franz Joseph the hangman
Booklet / Drawing
Held by:
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze