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Black and white Sturmabteilung (SA) recruitment poster with a rifle over the British coastline

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.11

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    Black and white Sturmabteilung (SA) recruitment poster with a rifle over the British coastline

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    German recruitment poster for the Sturmabteilung (SA), a Nazi paramilitary organization responsible for protecting party meetings, voter intimidation, and physically assaulting opponents. The wreath and sword symbol at the lower right are also featured on the SA sport badge and armband which were given out for physical accomplishment. As a result of the Great Depression and the growing popularity of the Nazi Party, SA membership swelled to 400,000 by 1932, and by 1933 membership was at approximately two million. On The Night of Long Knives, June 30, 1934, Hitler and the Schutzstaffel (SS) carried out a purge, murdering dozens of SA leaders including its cofounder and commander Ernst Röhm. Afterwards, the SA ceased to play a major role in Nazi affairs.
    Title
    An’s Gewehr! Hinein in die Wehrmannschaften der SA
    Alternate Title
    To the gun! Into the military men of the SA
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1934
    Geography
    depiction: Great Britain
    manufacture: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Markings
    front, printed, grey and red ink : Ans Gewehr! / Hinein in die / Wehrmann- / schaften / der S∙A [To the gun! Into the military men of the SA]
    front, bottom, printed, black ink : Offsetdruck Wilhelm Limpert. Berlin SW 68 [Offset printing Wilhelm Limpert. Berlin SW 68]
    Signature
    front, lower left, printed, white : Kissner
    Contributor
    Artist: Kissner
    Printer: Wilhelm Limpert

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Posters
    Category
    Nazi propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset lithographic poster with black, gray and white gradated background on faded light brown paper with an off center, weighted bottom border and a white linen backing. The image depicts a bolt action rifle with a shoulder strap against the background of the coastline of Wales and the northwestern coast of England. To the right of the gun is a canted swastika encircled by a wreath of oak leaves with a short, Roman style sword overtop. At the top is a line of white and red script and below the sword are four lines of white text. The letters SA are in large red print in the right corner.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 24.250 inches (61.595 cm) | Width: 17.250 inches (43.815 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive, linen, pencil
    Inscription
    front, bottom left on linen, handwritten, pencil : 16/J
    front, bottom right on linen, handwritten, pencil : PII 202

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    SA (Organization)

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-06 11:20:02
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