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2 This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper. The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’

3 What is the message of this cartoon?

4 To do this question, you need first to borrow two concepts from English: Content (what you see) Context (what was happening at the time…how it affects its audience) The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’ This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper.

5 A German soldier is leaning heavily on other countries. This refers to German militarism and Hitler’s aggressive foreign policy. Content Context Comment Nazi Germany is the aggressor – Hitler is trying to dominate other countries. The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’ This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper.

6 The first country in the line being crushed is Austria. Germany was ‘throwing its weight about’ bullying Austria. Content Context Content Hitler was bullying Austria (Hitler had just forced Schuschnigg to take Nazis into his government). The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’ This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper.

7 Behind Austria a row of countries will be crushed in their turn. The line of countries were in a queue, waiting to be crushed. Content Context Comment Many of Low’s cartoons stressed that Hitler intended simply to go on and on conquering other countries. The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’ This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper.

8 Britain and France assure each other that they not need to worry since it’s all far away. An amazing foresight of what Chamberlain would actually say – seven months later! Content Context Content Unless Hitler is stopped, Britain’s turn will eventually come (again, this is a common message of Low cartoons). The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’ This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper.

9 Finally, always remember to look at: Origin (who drew it) Date (when it was published) The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’ This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper.

10 February Just before the Anschluss, after Hitler had bullied Schuschnigg to accepts Nazis in his government. Date Details Significance Low is (correctly) predicting that Hitler would not stop with Austria, but will go on to try to bully Czechoslovakia. The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’

11 This cartoon of February 1938 by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper. The British cartoonist David Low. Low hated Hitler, and believed that he wanted to take over the world. Origin Details Significance Low is trying to raise alarm about Hitler, and persuade the British government to stand up to him. The cartoon shows Germany crushing Austria. Next in line is Czechoslovakia. At the back, Britain says to France, who is next-to-last: ‘Why should we take a stand about someone pushing someone else when it’s all so far away?’


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