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Waffen SS recruitment poster featuring a soldier and a Leibstandarte (SS Adolf Hitler flag)

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.24

Recruitment poster for the Waffen SS featuring an image of a uniformed soldier and a Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler flag. The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler was Hitler’s personal bodyguard regiment. The Waffen SS was the armed military division of the Schutzstaffel (SS), the Nazi paramilitary organization that was responsible for security, intelligence gathering and analysis, and enforcing Nazi racial policies. They controlled the concentration camp system and planned and coordinated the Final Solution. The SS was originally formed in 1925 to protect Hitler along with other Nazi leaders and provide security at political meetings. In 1929, Heinrich Himmler was appointed Reichsführer-SS (Reich Leader of the SS) and turned the organization into an elite corps based on visions of racial purity and absolute loyalty to Hitler. The Waffen SS was established in 1939 to strengthen the position of the SS relative to the army and German elites, eventually fielding more than twenty divisions and half a million men at its peak. Members of the Waffen SS were selected based on “racial” ancestry. Selected individuals were expected to have an Aryan Nordic lineage and volunteers were accepted from Germany, and later Norway, Denmark and Holland.

Title
Waffen- SS Eintritt mit vollendetem 17. Lebensjahr
Alternate Title
Waffen SS Admission after age 17
Date
1940 May  (publication/distribution)
Geography
manufacture : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Posters
Category
War propaganda
Genre/Form
Propaganda posters.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-06-06 14:57:46
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