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The English translation of this poster reads: "You cannot break the Korean people!"
The poster was designed by Viktor Koretskii (1909-1998). The image of the prisoner is a direct reference to North Korean prisoner uprisings at Compounds 76, 77 and 78 at Koje-do Island off South Korea in 1951. A reported 6,400 North Koreans were held in Compound 76 alone. Uprisings broke out in the compounds from February to June of '51 with an estimated 28 murders taking place between pro-communist and anti-communist prisoners. In quelling the uprisings, guards of the Republic of Korea (today, the South Korean Army), killed an estimated 160 prisoners-- as was reported in the British press at the time. One U.S. soldier was killed according to a U.S. Army Command report.
After the compounds were subdued, guards found homemade grenades and spears, knives, hatchets and hammers hidden by the prisoners. Today, the former camp is park complete with a diorama scene of the old prisoner barracks.
About The Collection
Poster Plakat is a private collection of Soviet and Eastern Bloc political ephemera spanning 1916 to 1991. The collection contains over 1,000 original posters, poster maquettes and political leaflets from windowpane-sized posters up to large, multi-panel broadsides. Numerous artists are represented such as
Gustav Klutsis, Victor Deni, Nikolai Dolgorukov, Vladimir Stenberg, the Kukryniksy, Viktor Koretsky, and hundreds more. All posters are linen backed and ready for display.
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The database behind Poster Plakat is the most complete informational repository for Soviet and Eastern Bloc political posters anywhere on the Internet. The system was conceived by the owner of Poster Plakat and developed for the web by Deko Design, Inc. The database uses Algolia search support, a consumer-grade search engine.