The “This is the Enemy” poster was used in the U.S during World War 2 to reinforce the idea that Nazi Germany and Hitler were the enemies of the United States. Many U.S. citizens had German ancestry, so there were questions at the time as to how the U.S.A’s should position itself in relation to Nazi Germany.
The poster depicts a cold hearted Nazi German general, he is racially depicted in a sub-human way. Dressed in a Nazi uniform with a monocle and a cold serious face it is clear that this individual and his army are enemies of the U.S. His features are accentuated, his eyes a cold blue with a long nose. In the reflection of his monocle we see a person hanging as he looks on, a sign of his evil.
This was part of a series of posters published around the time of the U.S entry into the war. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese it became clear that the U.S had to enter into the war. In the “This is the enemy” series there were both Japanese and Nazi’s featured. All of these posters would be considered racist to modern viewers. However, at the time they played an important part in drumming up support for the U.S.A entering World War 2.