Propaganda posters — Soviet, Nazi, Chinese, American — fascinate me


This Nazi campaign poster features the heads of Adolf Hitler and Paul von Hindenburg. Note how both are looking directly at the viewer, portraying confidence and arrogance.

The text is a quote from poet Max von Schenkendorf, born in 1783. It is inscribed on a monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, who had died in 1888. The monument commemorates the founding of the German Empire in 1871.

With its allusions to the monument and German nationhood, the poster reaffirms the Nazi policy of a union of all Germans, which had been debated since the days of Bismarck. Forming a greater Germany through the abolition of the Treaty of Versailles and the return of lands lost in World War I was part of the Nazi Party platform.

The image of Hitler’s face in front of Hindenburg’s and the text on the poster communicates that a reunion of German peoples and restoration of German national pride can only be accomplished through Hitler and the Nazi Party.


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