This cartoon was drawn by the artist John Jensen for the Sunday Telegraph
newspaper, August 26th 1962.
Most British newspapers were hostile to Communism and all were critical
of the building of the Wall. The Telegraph was particularly hostile to Communism.
The context of this cartoon is important. The date was roughly the 1st anniversary
of the wall being put up. More importantly, the most high profile victim of
the wall was an 18 year old East German boy called Peter Fechter. He was shot
trying to cross by East German border guards. He bled to death while East
German guards looked on and West German guards were forbidden to go and help
The figure sitting on the body is Khrushchev.
The figure with the quill pen is East German Communist leader Walter Ulbricht.