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1913 - 1966

The caricaturist and cartoonist Victor Weisz, known as Vicky, was born in Berlin but registered for a Hungarian passport. As a member of the Jewish community with openly socialist political opinions, his Hungarian passport helped Vicky leave Germany soon after Adolf Hitler gained power in 1933.

In 1935 he settled in London and slowly established himself as a British humorist. By 1941 he had graduated as a staff cartoonist on the News Chronicle. Despite his status as an enemy alien (he was not granted British nationality until 1946) Vicky was personally commissioned to do work for the Ministry of Information by Embleton.

No public personality, particularly his political friends when they faltered, escaped the ridicule of his pen. Indeed, when Vicky met President Truman, he congratulated him on being more like his own cartoons than he had imagined.

One of Vicky's most enduring creations was his ironic portrayal of Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1958. Although the ‘Supermac' caricature was intended to ridicule the Prime Minister, it in fact worked in favour to Macmillan's public perception.

Suffering from depression and insomnia, Vicky committed suicide on February 1966.

 

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