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German propaganda poster mocking British defeats and criticizing politician Duff Cooper

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    German propaganda poster mocking British defeats and criticizing politician Duff Cooper

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    Brief Narrative
    German propaganda poster issued in 1940, from the Parole der Woche (Word of the Week) series. The poster references British politician Duff Cooper, who was Secretary of State for War in Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s administration. Cooper believed that Hitler and Nazi Germany were a threat to European peace, and used his position to fight for increased military budgets and rearmament. His views went against those of Chamberlain’s administration and public sentiment at the time. He was viewed by many as increasingly hawkish, and along with Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden, Cooper was called a warmonger by Hitler. Cooper disagreed with Chamberlain’s appeasement policy toward Hitler. After Chamberlain conceded Czechoslovakia to Germany in the Munich Agreement, Cooper resigned from office in protest. When Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, Cooper served as Minister of Information and as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. The poster also references British defeats during the battles of France and Norway in 1940. The Nazis used propaganda to buttress public support for the war effort, shape public opinion, and reinforce antisemitic ideas. As part of their propaganda campaign, the Nazis created the Word of the Week Series of posters (also referred to as Wandzeitung, or wall newspapers), which began distribution on March 16, 1936. Each week, new posters were placed in public places and businesses to be viewed by as many people as possible. Posters were the primary medium for the series, but smaller pamphlets were also produced, which could be plastered on the back of correspondences. The posters targeted the Nazis’ early political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany’s enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.
    Das werden wir uns merken!!
    Alternate Title
    We will remember that!!
    Word of the Week
    Series Title
    Parole der Woche
    publication/distribution:  1940 July 16-1940 July 22
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, printed, white : Das werden wir uns merken!! [We will remember that!!]
    front, bottom, printed green ink : Wir werden jedenfalls bei der / Schlußabrechnung nichts vergessen! [In any case, we will not forget anything in the final settlement!]
    front, bottom left, in picture, printed, black ink : Duff / Cooper, / Der Hetzlehr-ling / Churchill [Duff Cooper, the rabble-rousing apprentice of Churchill]
    front, lower right, center of logo, white : K / No. 29 / PdW / 1940 / 16. VII. / 22.VII. [Number 29 / Word of the Week /1940 / July 16 to July 22]
    front, lower right, printed, perimeter of logo, white : Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: fritz kaiser, München / Verlag franz Eher Nachf., München [Responsible for the content: / Fritz Kaiser, Munich / Publisher Franz. Eher Nachf., Munich]
    Publisher: Zentralverlag der NSDAP
    Issuer: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Political posters.
    Physical Description
    Offset lithographic poster printed on off-white paper adhered to a white linen backing. The background of the poster is black and a title is printed along the top in large, white text. Below, on the left is a black and white photographic image with jagged edges. The image shows a man in a black suit and fedora walking, a cane in his right hand and a briefcase in his left. To the right of the photo are three paragraphs of German text. The top and bottom paragraph are in green fraktur font, and the center paragraph is a quote in a white, more standard font. Below the paragraphs are two lines of underlined green text. To the right of the underlined text is a small logo consisting of a line of text arranged in a circle around three larger letters. There are some losses along the edges, and small discolored areas in the margins.
    overall: Height: 33.000 inches (83.82 cm) | Width: 48.000 inches (121.92 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, linen, adhesive

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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