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Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933)

The following book “Anti-Religious Alphabet” was published in Leningrad in 1933. The author of the pictures was Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh (1890-1962) – a Soviet graphic artist, cartoonist, book illustrator.

Each word in the poetic phrases accompanying the pictures begins with the corresponding letter of the Russian alphabet. Translation gives just a general meaning of these short phrases, but of course, if you know Russian, then this historical document is especially interesting. However, the illustrations themselves give some insight into the attitude to religion during the first decades of the Soviet regime. Source

1. Anti-Religious Alphabet.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 1

2. Brothers, stop fearing the gods.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 2

3. Religion. Faith is harmful, more harmful than wine.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 3

4. Be patient. Voice of the Lord is good for the lords (magnates).

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 4

5. Down with the old village life of our grandfathers.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 5

6. Episcopacy could barely eat.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 6

7. The priest’s sting waiting for the victim.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 7

8. Political literacy. Replace healer spells with knowledge.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 8

9. Gandhi. They exposed the traitor’s name.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 9

10. The end of the bells – work for the blacksmith.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 10

11. Pouring lava of crafty lies.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 11

12. Holy relics interfere with the power of machines.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 12

13. 5 in 4 (meaning the early implementation of the five-year development plan of the country). Don’t need heavenly reward.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 13

14. Myrrh-flowing icons – fraud.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 14

15. Proletarian plaster for the holy shepherds.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 15

16. Paradise. Picture, expose paradise of religions.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 16

17. List of saints and holy days – the fairy tales, which worth laughing.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 17

18. Collectivization (collective farms and private landholdings). Drag this way comrade tractor.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 18

19. Agrotechnology, MTS (Machine Tractor Station), Fertilizers. Destroy the saints, multiply the harvest.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 19

20. All people are brothers. The fabricant Ford is a fascism fort.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 20

21. Love each other. Praising Christ and ruling with the whip.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 21

22. The world of churches – the world of chains.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 22

23. Read clearly: rosary – rubbish.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 23

24. Godless. Assault shamans – the gang of charlatans.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 24

25. Tongs, crush these bristly tentacles.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 25

26. Electric excavator to get rid of these exploiters.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 26

27. “Don’t join the collective farm”. Don’t trust the holy fool.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 27

28. Intervention. The flaming rage of the poisonous tongue.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 28

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