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Davidson, Steef (attributed)
[Lyndon B. Johnson, war criminal]. Johnson oorlogsmisdadiger. Volgens Rechtsnormen van Neurenberg en Tokio. [Group of 4 posters].
Amsterdam: Rob Stolk (printer), 1968.

#17286. Group of four prints, each of them dated to versos in pencil. Printed to uniform white sheets (30.5 x 43 cm.); variants include those with borders (printed in red, burgundy, and black inks) and without (in purple). Centrefold lines to each; now preserved flat. Dates penciled to versos: Feb. 28th, Mar. 6th, 20th, and 28th.

While “Johnson, war-criminal” became a popular slogan during anti-Vietnam War protests in the Netherlands, the Dutch Court ruled in 1967 that such defamation of a head of State was a punishable offence. In response, the Dutch philosopher Bernard Delfgaauw, proposed a more nuanced slogan to skirt the law, printed here by Rob Stolk: “Johnson the war criminal, according to the legal standards established at Nuremberg and Tokyo.” Others would simply swap the word war-criminal with miller: Johnson moordenaar.

This group of four variants—with and without borders, in four colours—issues from the archive of Stolk’s print-shop. With only a single OCLC record discovered in North America (Yale).


450 USD

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