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Catalog Number 1983.120.124
Object Name Print
Accession number 1983.120
Description Print by Louis Raemaekers

Kaiser on hilltop surrounded by skeletal figures, face of Christ overhead.

Information Written on Back: No. 163 / 207 / The last judgement [sic].

Additional Information from "Raemaekers' Cartoons: With Accompanying Notes by Well-known English Writers" by Louis Raemaekers Copyright 1916 (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19126/19126-h/19126-h.htm)

NOTE: There is something daunting, even to the mind of one not guilty of war or of massacres, in the thought of multitudes: the multitude of the dead, of the living, of one generation of men since there have been men on earth. And war brings this horror to us daily, or rather nightly, because such great companies of men have suddenly died together, passing in comradeship and community from the known to the unknown. Yet dare we say "together?" The unparalleled solitariness and singleness of death is not altered by the general and simultaneous doom of battle.

And it is with the multitude, and all the ones in it, that the maker of war is in unconscious relation. He does not know their names, he does not know them by any kind of distinction, he knows them only by thousands. Yet every one with a separate life and separate death is in conscious relation with him, knows him for the tyrant who has taken his youth, his hope, his love, his fatherhood.

What a multitude to meet, whether in thought, in conscience, or in another world! We all, no doubt, try to make the thought of massacre less intolerable to our minds by telling ourselves that the sufferers suffer one by one, to each his own share, and not another's; that though the numbers may appeal, they do not make each man's part more terrible. But this is not much comfort. There is not, it is true, a sum of multiplication; but there is the sum of addition. And that addition—the multitude man by man—the War Lord has to reckon with: Frederick the Great with his men, Napoleon with his, the German Emperor with his—each one of the innumerable unknown knowing his destroyer.

NOTE AUTHOR: Alice Meynell

CARTOON CAPTION: "Mais quand la voix de Dieu l'appela il se voyait seul sur la terre au milieu de fantômes tristes et sans nombre."
People Raemaekers, Louis
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Subjects World War 1
Political cartoons
Artist Raemaekers, Louis
Title "Milieu De Fantômes Tristes Et Sans Nombre"
Image size 38 x 29.1 cm