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Nazi Party election poster with a man smashing a financial building with a battering ram

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.5

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Political poster promoting the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler for the German election in Saxony on May 20, 1928. The poster is dominated by the image of a muscular worker demolishing the Saxon parliament building, which bears the label “International High Finance.” Though the theme of a worker destroying a government building was often used utilized by Communist groups, Nazi political groups also employed it to win the votes of the working class. During the 1920s, both Left-and-Right-wing groups in Germany opposed parliamentary rule. The destruction of a building associated with government and finance implied that Nazi leaders would be able to solve the many social problems plaguing Germany at the time. The nation 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.
    Title
    Zerschmettert den Weltfeind!
    Alternate Title
    Shatter the enemy of the world!
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1928 May 20
    Geography
    distribution: Saxony (Germany)
    manufacture: Zwickau (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    Markings
    front, top, printed, red ink : Zerschmettert / den / Weltfeind! [Shatter the world friend]
    front, bottom, printed, red ink : Wählt nationalsozialistich / (Hitler - Bewegung) [Choose National Socialist (Hitler Movement)]
    front, center, printed, red ink: INTERNATIONALE HOCHFINANZ [International High Finance]
    front, bottom right, printed, red ink : Streiter-Verlag, Zwickau Sa.
    Contributor
    Publisher: Streiter-Verlag

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Posters
    Genre/Form
    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    German political poster printed on light brown paper on a white linen backing depicting a giant, shirtless man in black pants held up by a belt with a swastika buckle. He is raising up a vertical, cylindrical, red battering ram decorated with a canted, black swastika in a white circle, as though ready to smash it down on an extravagant columned white building below him. The building’s roof is smashed in and pieces of rubble are flying through the air as spectators look on with their hands raised. On the top right, there are three lines of large, red text in Sütterlin font. At the bottom are two lines of large red text in a block font. The linen backer is creased on the back.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 19.000 inches (48.26 cm) | Width: 13.000 inches (33.02 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive, pencil
    Inscription
    front, bottom left on linen, handwritten, pencil : 16/J
    front, bottom right on linen, handwritten, pencil : pII 30
    front bottom right, handwritten, pencil : 360

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    Conditions on Access
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    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Germany. Reichstag

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Record last modified:
    2024-04-29 07:55:55
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