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Arthur SzykArtist, Jew, Pole$
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Joseph P. Ansell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774945

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774945.001.0001

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Fighting for Israel

Fighting for Israel

(p.197) Fighting for Israel
Arthur Szyk

Joseph P. Ansell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Arthur Szyk's work on behalf of Jewish rights and the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. After the war, Szyk continued and increased his work on behalf of Jewish groups. Now that the Axis powers had been defeated, he could focus his political activism on his people once again. The political drawings from this period deal with two related subjects: the plight of the homeless Jews of Europe, and the collusion between Britain and the Arab nations in preventing the creation of a Jewish state. Britain had backed away from its earlier commitment, outlined in the Balfour Declaration, and Szyk felt it should be held publicly responsible. Many of these drawings, like those on Jewish topics that appeared during the war, portray young, vigorous Jewish soldiers, fighting for their rights rather than meekly accepting their fate.

Keywords:   political drawings, Jewish rights, Jewish homeland, Palestine, Zionism, political activism, Israel, American heritage

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