World War II




PM, October 21, 1940 (Drawings by William Sharp, photos by Alan Fiasher)

The Nazi Terror
On the next four pages, PM presents the first in a series of pictures smuggled from Germany in the early days of Hitler’s reign.
They were drawn by William Sharp, now an American artist…”

William Sharp:
“Born Leon Schleifer in Lemberg, Austria (now part of Ukraine), [on June 13, 1900], Sharp studied fine art in Austria and Poland before finishing his studies at the University in Berlin in 1918. After serving briefly in the German army at the end of World War I, he stayed on in Berlin and worked as a book illustrator, painter, etcher, and lithographer… In the late 1920s, as Adolph Hitler’s National Socialist Party grew, Sharp, under various pseudonyms, drew political cartoons satirizing the party and its leader in the anti-Nazi press. After being threatened with imprisonment by the Nazis in 1933, Schleifer and his wife Ruth fled the country and arrived in New York the following year. In 1940, Schleifer became a United States citizen and changed his name to William Sharp. The Sharps settled in Forest Hills and stayed in the same apartment until William’s death in 1961 and Ruth’s in 2002.” Queens Museum website

(Photo by Leo Lieb.)




(Photos by Bill Brunk and Peter Killian.)

PM, October 18, 1940 Vol. 1, No. 89
It was 40 degrees colder than today… “City’s First Draft Board Sworn In…” Marshall Field becomes largest share holder in PM… Oil in Iraq and Iran? “The Fifth -Column and Its Fellow-Travelers”… “This is the Way They Make a Ballet: ‘The New Yorker.'” And a small World War Two-related Weegee photo…