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Pro-Nazi election poster of a giant worker breaking his shackles

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.21

Political poster promoting Adolf Hitler for the German presidential elections of 1932. The poster features a man breaking chians on his wrists, implying that a vote for Hitler will stop the oppression that shackles the common man. Hitler ran as the National Socialist German Workers’ Party candidate against incumbent Paul von Hindenburg. This poster was designed by Hans Schweitzer, who went by the pseudonym Mjölnir (the hammer of Thor). By June 1932, Germany was deep in the throes of the Great Depression, with six million unemployed. This economic distress contributed to a rise in the popularity of the Nazi Party, who along with the Communist Party and the Social Democrats, were the most popular political parties in Germany. The Nazis supported economic nationalism and distrusted international capital, preferring domestic production with the elimination of foreign competition. When Germany held parliamentary elections in July of that year, the Nazi party won almost 40 percent of the electorate in the Reichstag, becoming the largest party in German parliament. However, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party failed to defeat incumbent Social Democratic President Paul von Hindenburg in the presidential election. With the support of his majority party, Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30, 1933.

Title
Schluss jetzt wählt Hitler
Stop now, choose Hitler
Date
1932  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Munich (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Posters
Category
Nazi propaganda
Genre/Form
Propaganda posters.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:07
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