He was born in Roermond, Netherlands in 1869 as the son of an ethnically German newspaper editor. He worked for the Algemeen Handelsblad from 1906 to 1909. His graphic cartoons depicted the rule of the German military in Belgium, portrayed the Germans as barbarians and Kaiser Wilhelm II as an ally of Satan. The German government offered a reward of 12,000 guilders for Raemaekers, dead or alive. The German government forced the Dutch government to place Raemaekers on trial for 'endangering Dutch neutrality', but he was acquitted.
He later left for England because of the bounty on his head. There, his work was published in The Times and he released a collection, Raemaekers Cartoon History of the War, in 1919. 150 of his works toured the United Kingdom and France in an exhibit.
Thrown to the Swine: The Martyred Nurse (1915). The nurse is Edith Cavell.
- Page, Walter Hines; Page, Arthur Wilson (March 1916). "The Story Of Raemaekers's Cartoons". The World's Work: A History of Our Time XXXI: 532–537. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- de Ranitz, Ariane, Louis Raemaekers, armed with pen and pencil. How a Dutch cartoonist became world famous during the First World War. Roermond 2014 (expected date of appearance: October 2014)
- Website Louis Raemaekers Foundation, publisher of 2014 book
- Works by Louis Raemaekers at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Louis Raemaekers at Internet Archive. Scanned illustrated books.
- Raemaekers' Cartoon History of the War, Volume 1
- Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956) at Animation Resources
- Inventory of the Louis Raemaekers Papers and Artwork held at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives
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