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Pro-Nazi election poster with a farmer using a pitchfork against the bourgeoisie

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.9

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    Brief Narrative
    Political campaign poster for the Reichstag elections of July 31, 1932, showing a muscular Aryan farmer with a swastika belt buckle, using a pitchfork to remove dwarfish caricatures of Nazi Party enemies. These parties are represented by former Chancellor of Germany Herman Müller, a caricature of a stereotypical Jewish businessman with a newspaper (the press) in his pocket, a businessman, and a communist. The Nazis blamed these groups for Germany’s loss in World War I, the failure of the Weimar Republic, and the economic depression that Germany was going through. The poster depicts the Nazis’ target demographic, a young, working class, Aryan man, disposing of the Nazis’ enemies, in essence, empowering the people to take Germany from the rich and powerful and return it to the hands of the farmers and working men.
    Wir Bauern misten aus
    Alternate Title
    We Farmers Clear Away the Rubbish
    manufacture: Germany
    publication: Munich (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, printed, white : Wir Bauern / misten / aus [We farmers clear away the rubbish]
    front, bottom left, printed, white : Mir / wählen liste: / 2 / National- / sozialisten [We vote for list 2: National- Socialist Party]
    front, bottom left, printed, black ink : DRUCKER: PLAKAT KUNSTDRUCK ECKERT BLN. – SCHONEBERG HAUPTSTR. 7-8 [Printer: Poster Art Print Eckert Berlin – Schöneberg Maintr.7-8]
    front, bottom right, printed, black ink : Verfasser u. Herausgeber: Heinz Franke, München, Brienner Str. 45 [Author & Editor Publisher: Heinz Franke, Munich, Brienner Str. 45]
    front, right, printed, white : Felix Albrecht / 32
    Artist: Felix Albrecht
    Printer: Plakat Kunstdruck Eckert
    Publisher: Heinz Franke
    Felix Albrecht was born on July 6, 1900, in Darmstadt, Germany. He served in World War I as an operating engineer from 1917 through 1918, and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. Beginning in 1925, he studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste in Berlin. After finishing his art studies in 1927, Albrecht found work as a freelance artist, illustrator, book decorator and writer. On May 27, he became a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP or Nazi Party), member number 62,499. He worked as a poster designer for the Nazi Party and in 1930 joined the Schutzstaffel (SS). By the end of 1931, Albrecht was working for the Reich Propaganda Directorate, designing graphic posters, postcards, and illustrations for books. Throughout the 1930s, Albrecht worked in various internal Nazi Party agencies as a graphic artist and reached the rank of Hauptsturmführer (head assault leader) in the SS. In 1941, he was part of the Officers Corps of the SS-Kraftfahrschule (driving school) in Vienna. After World War II, Albrecht was captured and held by the Soviets until 1949. After his release he returned to Berlin. Felix Albrecht, aged 80, died on July 27 1980.

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset lithographic poster printed on faded white paper with a linen backing depicting a muscular blond man using a pitchfork to shovel men away. He wears brown pants with a swastika belt buckle and a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves. Both hands hold the pitchfork as he scoops up small, dwarfish figures, three of whom are wearing business suits and ties, the fourth has a protruding face with squinty eyes and a red cap with a red star adorned with a hammer and sickle. The background is red with a white border with three lines of white text at the top and 5 lines of large white text at the bottom. The bottom center is torn and there are holes and tears in the edges.
    overall: Height: 47.010 inches (119.405 cm) | Width: 33.700 inches (85.598 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, cloth, adhesive, linen, pencil
    back, bottom right, pencil : 17/D
    back bottom left, pencil : PII 197

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Albrecht, Felix.

    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
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    2022-07-28 18:21:29
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