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Miniature propaganda poster criticizing Franklin Roosevelt and American interventionist efforts

Object | Accession Number: 1997.125.6

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    Brief Narrative
    Miniature Parole der Woche poster issued in 1941. The poster references United States Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, calling him a warmonger, likely because as Secretary of the Navy, Knox advocated for supporting the Allies before the U.S. entry into World War II (1939-1945). Knox, a former political rival of Roosevelt, was appointed as Secretary of the Navy in 1940, to encourage bipartisan support. The poster attempts to frame U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, as a power hungry leader by using a supposed quote about the President by Knox. The text claims that President Roosevelt is a servant of the Jews, and American intervention in the war would lead to disaster for the U.S. The Nazis used propaganda to buttress public support for the war effort, shape public opinion, and reinforce antisemitic ideas. As part of their propaganda campaign, the Nazis created the Word of the Week Series of posters (also referred to as Wandzeitung, or wall newspapers), which began distribution on March 16, 1936. Each week, new posters were placed in public places and businesses to be viewed by as many people as possible. Posters were the primary medium for the series, but smaller pamphlets were also produced, which could be plastered on the back of correspondences. The posters targeted the Nazis’ early political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany’s enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.
    Artwork Title
    Porträt eines Kriegshetzers
    Alternate Title
    Portrait of a warmonger
    Word of the Week
    Series Title
    Parole der Woche
    publication/distribution:  1941 October 05-1941 October 11
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, printed, black ink : Porträt / eines Kriegshetzers [Portrait of a warmonger]
    front, bottom, printed, black ink : "Die Landung in Europa könnte nur / ein zweites Dünkirchen bedeuten." ["The landing in Europe could only mean a second Dunkirk."]
    front, bottom margin, printed, black ink : Parole der Woche Nr. 45/1941 / Zentralverlag der NSDAP., München [Word of the Week Number 45/1941 / Central publishing house of the NSDAP., Munich]
    Issuer: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.
    Publisher: Zentralverlag der NSDAP

    Physical Details

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    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    Miniature propaganda poster printed on off-white paper. A large, black-and-white photographic image of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt pinching his nose shut with his thumb and pointer finger is in the upper right corner. At the top is a large title, printed in black ink. Below are several paragraphs of small, black, German text. The top and bottom portions are overlaid on a teal background, while the center is on a rectangular, white background. Publication information is in the lower margin, and the paper is discolored overall. On the back, a small piece of pressure-sensitive tape is adhered to the center of the top edge.
    overall: Height: 2.800 inches (7.112 cm) | Width: 3.940 inches (10.008 cm) | Depth: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive, pressure-sensitive tape

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    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-08 08:57:25
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