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    -- and the Seven Dwarfs by Bernard Partridge (1938) In this cartoon Hitler is cast as Snow White, while the countries of eastern Europe are the seven dwarfs, who look on and wonder what the future holds for them.

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    notice how Poland dwarf is the only one visably angry rather than looking up like a small child....

    And the Czech dwarf is actually holding Miss White's hand, as if seeking protection.
    Mi6, I think, used to run a list of countries, in order of anger, who had populations that were the most likely to engage in partisan irregular activity.
    Czechoslovakia regularly made the bottom of this regularly updated list.
    Their attitude did not change much over the course of the war, as revealed in a CIA report postwar that was actually examining Czech reactions to the assassination of Reinhardt Heydrich.
    The CIA concluded that the Czech people did not consider the two British trained agents to be national heros at all, and further they felt that the sacrifice of between 5 and ten thousand Czechs in reprisal for the "hit" was not a good exchange.

    The CIA put this postwar attitude down to the verey fact that Czech agents had "turned in" the two London trained Czechs, and that they were not viewed as heroic because they were not from Moscow, or trained and recdruited in Czechoslovakia itself.

    All these thoughts from one little cartoon....by the way what year was this published and by whom?
     
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    The stated purpose of the Heydrich assassination, by the way, was to inflame these very feelings of "fighting back" that the Czechs seemed to so regularly not feel at all.

    The Heydrich assassination was a dismal failure in this respect, and the Czech people generally felt that it had achieved nothing, both during the war and after..
     
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    1938 and by Punch; or, The London Charivari which was a British weekly magazine of humor and satire. That ran from 1841 to 1992.
     
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    I think the cartoon is misdated, it doesn't describe accurately the political situation in Eastern Europe in 1938. Only the Czech dwarf is correct, Czecho-Slovakia was quite friendly with Nazi Germany at the end of 1938.
    Nobody was afraid of Hitler at that time, especially Poland.

    But the cartoon would be perfect in March 1939 and later. In that case, Poly would be a rejected Hitler's friend - as it was falsely claimed by the Soviets and their fellow travelers in the West.
    All the dwarfs became Hitler's allies shortly afterward except Poly.
     
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    From my source it was from Dec 21 1938.
     
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