The Committee’s campaign for $30,000,000 was astonishingly ambitious. This poster highlights the fact that the U.S. government was not sending money to the Near East – it was up to private citizens to save orphans and refugees. Artist unknown.
Turkified Armenian boys in military uniforms
Djemal Pasha observing Turkified Armenian boys in Damascus, 1917.
“Lest They Perish” poster by W.B. King
Images of mothers and children were especially meaningful. The photograph that inspired this poster appeared in the New Near East magazine (March 1921). The caption read ‘This sad Armenian mother, her baby the progeny of an enemy race, is depending, as are others, on us.’ Poster by W. B. King. At the time the organization was known as the American Committee for Relief in the Near East.