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Friday, May 05, 2006

Cold War Project - Political Cartoons

This cartoonist is an anti-war person. This cartoon shows the development of human from monkeys that gradually mutate into humans. Then the nuclear war comes along during our modern period and destroys everything. The nuclear explosion causes us to start all over from the beginning of evolution, which we start off as monkeys again. The cartoonist is just trying to explain that the nuclear war will destroy every living thing on earth, therefore it is the worse thing that could ever happen.


This cartoon obviously shows how bad war could be. The cartoonist is trying to show that war doesn't only make effects on people during war time, but it certainly does affects on many people after the war is over. The cartoon shows some of the continuing prisoners of the Vietnam War. These pictures imply how war could ruin the rest of people's lives both mentally and physically.


This cartoon is another cartoon anti-war cartoon that shows how bad war could be. The labels on the cartoon are not clear but the left side is USA and the USSR is on the right. A citizen holding on to a dead child in the middle is the innocent Vietnamese that were forced to be involved in the Cold War of Europeans. They had nothing to do with the 2 power countries, but had to suffer through the harsh consequences of this Proxy War.


Funny Cartoon

This cartoon is just made up to let people know how President Kennedy embarrassed himself by saying "I am a jelly donut." during his speech in West Berlin. He was actually trying to make a declaration of the Cold War in Germany. Because of the improper use of the word "ein" in the sentence "Ich bin ein Berliner", the sentence came out as a declaration of Kennedy being a jelly donut.



  • Many people think President Kennedy called himself a jelly doughnut when he spoke in Berlin, but this is an urban legend, a hoax.

    See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_berliner and

    The earliest mention of the jelly doughnut story in print was in the early 1980s. In the 1983 spy novel "Berlin Game," by Len Deighton, the character Bernard Samson is told that he is berlinerisch. His reply:

    "'Ich bin ein Berliner,’ I said. It was a joke. A Berliner is a doughnut. The day after President Kennedy made his famous proclamation, Berlin cartoonists had a field day with talking doughnuts."

    Len Deighton, Berlin Game, reprinted in Game, Set, Match (1986), page 85 .

    "Berlin Game" was a work of fiction. In the preface to the reprint, Deighton notes that the novel is told in the highly subjective voice of the character of Bernard Samson, "who is inclined to complain and exaggerate so that we have to interpret the world around him." The author wrote that "Readers who take Bernard’s words literally are missing a lot of the intended content."

    In a related novel, Deighton reminded his readers that the views of the characters were not necessarily those of the writer. "Winter" (1987), page preceding page 1, quoting James Jones: "...readers should remember that the opinions expressed by the characters are not necessarily those of the author..."

    No doughnut cartoons have yet been found in the Berlin newspapers of the next day.

    So my question is this: did Len originate this story?

    Vince Treacy, Washington DC

    By Blogger Vince, at 8:11 AM  

  • By Blogger Mamuka Maghradze, at 8:25 PM  

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