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German propaganda poster claiming Hitler and the Nazis are not against religion

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    German propaganda poster claiming Hitler and the Nazis are not against religion


    Brief Narrative
    German propaganda poster, issued the week of December 3 to December 9, 1941, from the Parole der Woche (Word of the Week) series. The poster shows an unflattering picture of United States President Franklin Roosevelt. The German text claims that Roosevelt is a Jewish puppet that said that the Nazis wish to destroy all religion. To refute this, the poster quotes a speech Adolf Hitler gave on November 8, 1941, at Löwenbräukeller in Munich, Germany, to commemorate the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch. In the speech, Hitler claims that he does not care what religion a person is. He goes on to falsely claim that religious leaders in the U.S. are barred from speaking out against the state, and that soldiers cannot attend religious ceremonies. The relationship between the Nazi party and religion was complex. Initially, the Party was not openly hostile to the Protestant and Catholic Churches; however, the Party believed that Christianity and Nazism were ideologically incompatible. The Nazi government signed a Concordat with the Vatican, stating it would recognize the Nazi regime, which would in turn would not interfere in the Catholic Church. However, the Concordat was broken by the Nazis with the passage of anti-religious policies to undermine the church’s influence in 1935. The first Word of the Week Series of posters (also referred to as Wandzeitung, or wall newspapers), were distributed on March 16, 1936. The series used colorful, often derogatory caricatures, and photorealistic images with vibrant language to target political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany’s enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.
    Artwork Title
    Niedriger gehangt!
    Alternate Title
    Insignificant Joke!
    Word of the Week
    Series Title
    Parole der Woche
    publication/distribution:  1941 December 03-1941 December 09
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top left, printed, white : Niedriger gehängt! [Insignificant Joke!]
    front, upper center, center of logo, black ink : K / No. 49 / PdW / 1941 / 3. 12 / 9.12 [Number 49 / Word of the Week / 1941 / December 3 to December 9]
    front, upper right, printed, perimeter of logo, black ink : Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: fritz kaiser, München / Verlag franz Eher Nachf., München [Responsible for the content: / Fritz Kaiser, Munich / Publisher Franz. Eher Nachf., Munich]
    Issuer: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.
    Publisher: Zentralverlag der NSDAP
    Editor: W. Wächter

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    Offset lithographic poster printed on off-white paper adhered to a white linen backing. The left third of the poster has a teal colored background with two lines of German text in a large, cursive-style font at the top. Below, there is a black and white photographic image with a large, illustrated, black thumbtack in the top right corner pinning it in place. The image is a headshot of Franklin Roosevelt with an exaggerated frown on his face. In the top right corner of this section is a small logo consisting of a line of text arranged in a circle around three larger letters. The right two-thirds of the poster is filled by a black background with several paragraphs of teal, German text, punctuated with sections of white underlined text. The poster has a narrow white border, with discoloration throughout.
    overall: Height: 33.125 inches (84.138 cm) | Width: 47.500 inches (120.65 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive, linen

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995.
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    2023-06-08 08:57:20
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