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.
Ironica e dissacratoria demonizzazione del nemico, arma della propaganda bellica. Caricature grottesche sull' "odiato nemico" per rendere meno drammatica la realtà della guerra.
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- Jo Fox
Jo Fox explores the legacy of World War One propaganda, explaining the role it played in shaping the propaganda campaigns of World War Two for both Britain and Germany.