SERBIAN SOCREALISTIC PROPAGANDA POSTER: Прослава 11 октобра, дана ослобођења [Proslava 11 oktobra, dana oslobođenja / Celebration of Ocrober 11, Day of Liberation].
A large attractive crudely lithographed propaganda poster was printed after WWII to commemorate the liberation day of the city Leskovec, Serbia.
Place and Year: Leskovac, Serbia [circa 1946].
Technique: Offset Lithograph (Very Good, tiny tears in white margins) 95 x 70 cm.
A large attractively crudely lithographed poster in Serbian Cyrillic script, was made to celebrate the liberation in WWII by the Partisans in cooperation with the Allies, on October 11, and was printed shortly after the liberation.
On September 6, 1944, Leskovac was bombed heavily by the Allies in the Operation Ratweek, attaching the withdrawing German army. Fitzroy Maclean, the head of the British military mission, wrote: What was left of Leskovac lay enveloped in a pall of smoke; several buildings seemed to be burning fiercely... and the use Flying Fortresses seemed to be rather like taking a sledge-hammer to crack a walnut.
The destruction of the city and the liberation was marked by a colossal monument and is still celebrated annually in the city.
Political posters, such as this one, were printed on thin paper in small numbers for local use for only one event, and the survival rate is extremely low.