Raemaekers, Louis (1869-1956) by Scholes, Robert

Louis Raemaekers (1869 – 1956)

The following useful sketch of his life comes from www.ww1-propaganda-cards.com/

“Louis Raemaekers was born on April 6th, 1869 in Roermond, the Netherlands, the son of a Dutch country editor and a German mother. Although his first drawings appeared weekly in the newspaper “Algemeen Handelsblad” from 1906 to 1909, Raemaekers was primarily known as a modestly successful painter rather than a cartoonist. By 1916 he was to become known worldwide as the greatest chronicler of German brutality and militarism. “In the midst of the early fighting following the German invasion of neutral Belgium in August 1914, Raemaekers slipped across the border from the safety of neutral Holland. Early refugees who had streamed into Holland had brought with them tales of German brutality that were frankly disbelieved by the public, including Raemaekers. His experience in Belgium, repeated later under full German occupation, was to transform this painter of pastoral countrysides into the most famous anti-German propagandist of the Great War.”

Buy Liberty Bonds!
—Raemaekers, Louis


German Dead Entangled in Barbed Wire
—Raemaekers, Louis


Kultur! Kultur! (on bombing raids)
—Raemaekers, Louis


War in the XXth Century
—Raemaekers, Louis

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