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

Object | Accession Number: 1997.125.15

Miniature 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 gehaengt
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
Information Forms
Political posters.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-06-08 08:57:25
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