Ukrainian Artists Unite to Recreate Posters From World War II—So They Can Prevent World War III


It’s been almost two months since Russia invaded Ukrainian, and there is still no end in sight to this tragic war. Over four million Ukrainians have fled to bordering countries, while another 6.5 million have been internally displaced as their cities face bombings and evacuations. Despite the many Europeans who are opening their homes to these refugees, there is still the underlying fear that they will never see their homes again. Already, there are whispers of Russia dividing Ukraine like how Korea and Germany were separated, and even more terrifying are the worries that the conflict could escalate to encompass the rest of Europe. 

In an effort to promote peace and put an end to this conflict, Ukrainian artists have united to recreate inspiring posters from World War II. They call it the Never Again Gallery, which is dedicated to stopping the evils of war through art. 

Quick history recap: War posters were a common sight between 1939 and 1945, and in the Allied countries, these posters were often motivational and inspirational. WWII was one of the saddest and bloodiest events in history, and these posters were intended to lift spirits and reinforce belief in peace and freedom. 

Eighty years later, the symbolism of those war posters lives on as Ukrainian artists call on the world to stop the war and end this reign of terror. Because as we all know, art has always had the power to move people in a way words seldom can.

Check out the WWII recreations below: 


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