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Nazi propaganda postcard celebrating voter's approval of Hitler and the Anschluss

Object | Accession Number: 2004.454.1

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    Brief Narrative
    Pro-Hitler propaganda postcard for the plebiscite, or popular vote, held in Austria on April 10, 1938, to approve, after the act, the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany on March 13. It features a pencilled portrait of Adolf Hitler, a hand offering the Heil Hitler salute, and the slogan "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!" [One People, One Country, One Leader!] There is a commemorative stamp on the back that was issued on April 8, 1938, in honor of the annexation of Austria. The Anschluss [union] was approved by 99.75% of the population. Jews and Roma had lost the right to vote before the election.
    postmark:  1938 April 09
    commemoration:  1938 April 10
    postmark: Vienna (Austria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, Gothic font, black ink : Ein Volk + Ein Reich / Ein Führer! / 10 + 4 + 1938 [One People, One Country, One Leader!]
    reverse, vertically in center,Gothic font, preprinted, black ink : fec. Josef Ostermayer, Wien, 1., Schönlaterngasse 9. · Druck : Schöler : Wien˝˝Döbling
    reverse, lower left, Gothic font, preprinted, black ink : Nachdruck verboten [Reprint forbidden]

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    Rectangular paper postcard with a vertical black and white graphic design on the front featuring a detailed, realistic pencilled portrait bust of Adolf Hitler. He is turned slightly to the right; his dark hair is neatly parted and he gazes straight ahead. The figure is superimposed over a map of Germany and Austria. Rising and pointing toward Hitler from the lower right corner is a large pencilled hand from the wrist up, finger's extended in a Heil Hitler salute. Superimposed over the image in the lower quarter of the card are 2 lines in stylized German Gothic font. On the reverse in the upper right corner is a green Deutches Reich 6 pence postage stamp with an image of 2 men carrying a large flag with a swastika. A large cancellation stamp covers the left corner. Below the stamp are several blank dotted lines for addresses. A vertical line with adjacent German text divides the card into two equal sections.
    overall: Height: 5.875 inches (14.923 cm) | Width: 4.125 inches (10.478 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive
    reverse, around stamp border, preprinted, green ink : DEUTCHES REICH / EIN VOLK · EIN REICH · EIN FÜHRER / 10 · APRIL 1938 [German Reich in larger font]
    reverse, around border of cancellation mark, Gothic font, stamped, black ink : Tag des [illegible] ˝˝ Wien 9. April 1938 ˝˝

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    Administrative Notes

    The postcard was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
    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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