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SS recruitment poster with photos depicting SS soldiers’ activities

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.25

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    Brief Narrative
    Recruitment poster for the Waffen SS featuring photographs of soldiers participating in their wartime duties. 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 with 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 Austria, Norway, Denmark and Holland.
    Artwork Title
    Deutsche Männer
    Alternate Title
    German Men
    publication/distribution:  1938
    distribution: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, printed, black ink : Deutsche/ Männer [German Men]
    front, bottom, printed, black ink: Ungediente der Geburtsjahrgänge / 1909 bis 1912 sowie in beschränkter / Zahl aus den Geburtsjahrgängen / 1918 bis 1920 können sich zur Auf- / nahme in die Polizei melden. / Auskünfte erteilen alle deutschen / Gendarmerie- und Polizeistationen / sowie die noch bestehenden SS- / Dienststellen, ebenso sind dort / Merkblätter erhältlich oder unmittel- / bar vom SS- Ergänzungsamt, Berlin / SW 11, Prinz-Albrecht-Strasze9 [Those born between 1909 to 1912 with no prior service and in restricted numbers those born between 1918 and 1920 can register for inclusion in the Police. Information can be obtained at all of the German military police and police stations as well as the still existing SS offices, as there are obtainable leaflets or directly from the SS-Recruitment Office, Berlin SW 11, Prince-Albert Street 9]
    Distributor: Waffen-SS

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Propaganda posters.
    Physical Description
    Black and white printed poster on faded white paper adhered to a white paper backing with three columns of pictures of SS soldiers. In the center is a black and white photograph of a kneeling soldier in the snow pointing a gun towards the viewer. He wears a dark military uniform, with skis and ski poles. Above is the Reichsadler, and the title superimposed on the SS insignia in white. Below is a block of black text superimposed over the SS insignia in white. The center is flanked by columns containing photographs, 4 on the left and 3 on the right, depicting the various activities of SS soldiers. The individual images and text blocks are bordered in black and a thicker black border surrounds the entire image.
    overall: Height: 23.750 inches (60.325 cm) | Width: 17.625 inches (44.768 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive, linen, pencil
    back, bottom left, handwritten, pencil : pII 488
    back, bottom right, handwritten, pencil : 16/J

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-28 08:12:00
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