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Poster encouraging the public to vote yes in the 1938 Anschluss referendum

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.22

Anschluss poster displaying several arms raised for the Nazi salute in support of the Anschluss, the German annexation of Austria in 1938. Austria had experienced a prolonged period of economic stagnation, political dictatorship, and intense Nazi propaganda. When German troops entered the country on March 12, 1938 they received the enthusiastic support of most of the population, and Austria was incorporated into Germany the next day. The poster is an attempt to curry support for a referendum that would legitimize the annexation. On April 10, the German annexation was retroactively approved in a referendum that was manipulated by the Germans to indicate that about 99 percent of the Austrian people wanted the union. This poster was initially preserved by the FJM Rehse Archive and Museum of Contemporary History Munich, a museum operated by the Nazi Party that preserved much of their early propaganda.

Title
Großdeutschland Ja! Am 10. April
Alternate Title
Greater Germany Yes! On April 10
Date
1938  (publication/distribution)
Geography
distribution : Austria
manufacture : 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: 2018-06-05 09:08:21
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