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Published January 17, 2017 Updated January 05, 2023

Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1942

In 1942 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.

1942 Russia Peterhof State Museum Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov Political Propaganda Wartime Add to Collection

Towards the end of 1941 Stalin gave orders that playing card production was to be resumed in Leningrad and a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers. Working under difficult conditions and with no electricity, the pack was finally ready for distribution in 1942 in an edition of about 700 copies. The characters portrayed are from those countries that had attacked Russia in 1941: Germany, Romania, Italy and Finland. The Queens and Aces are allegories of the times and the Joker shows Goebbels

Russian anti-fascist playing cards published in 1942
Russian anti-fascist playing cards published in 1942
Russian anti-fascist playing cards published in 1942

Above: a selection of the original cards from 1942, with Russian indices, also showing the cropping guide marks and colour palette.

Modern re-prints

re-print of the Anti-fascist playing cards published by Peterhof State Museum, 2010 re-print of the Anti-fascist playing cards published by Peterhof State Museum, 2010

Above: a re-print of the Anti-fascist playing cards published by Peterhof State Museum, 2010.

REFERENCES & CREDITS

Mētra, Jānis: Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, in "The Playing Card" Vol.32 no.3, Nov/Dec 2003, IPCS, England.

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