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In the propaganda of Britain, France and the USA, Germans were presented, often literally, as monsters, while atrocities both real and imagined were liberally exploited.
In the post-war years anti-German sentiment remained a powerful tool for political groups like the nationalist British Empire Union.
German atrocities in Belgium played into the hands of Allied propaganda artists.
The cartoon shows a German-American expressing public support for the USA while privately toasting the Kaiser, showing that anti-German prejudice was not only directed against enemy combatants.
The British often invoked the German attack on the town of Scarborough to incite anti-German feeling.
References to nurses had particularly high propaganda value after the shocking execution of British nurse Edith Cavell.
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