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Miniature "button book" issued for charitable contributions by the Winter-hilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes

Object | Accession Number: 2005.39.7

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Miniature "button book" printed by the Nazi German government and given as a token gift to those who had donated to the Winter-hilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes. The booklet could be worn on coat buttons as a sign that the wearer had donated to the charity.
    Title
    Der Führer macht Geschichte 1933
    Alternate Title
    The leader makes history
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1939
    Geography
    publication: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Howard A. Strauch
    Contributor
    Author: Heinrich Hoffmann
    Publisher: Presse-Hoffmann
    Issuer: Winter-Hilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes
    Biography
    Heinrich Hoffmann (1885-1957) was a German photographer and Nazi propagandist. The son and nephew of photographers, he worked in the Hoppé studio in London before setting up in Munich as a portraitist and photojournalist. His photograph of cheering crowds on 2 August 1914 unwittingly captured the young Adolf Hitler, an event which would later benefit Hoffmann's career. Drifting to the far right after the First World War and revolutionary events in Bavaria, he joined the Nazi Party in 1920 and convinced an initially camera-shy Hitler of photography's political value. Hoffman’s assistant, Eva Braun, became Hitler’s mistress in 1930. After 1933, his virtual monopoly of Hitler photographs, as ‘the man who sees the Führer for us’, made him one of the Third Reich's major profiteers. His scenes of carefully constructed intimacy, presenting his master, especially in the regime's early years, as a clean-living, nature-loving man of the people, were massively disseminated. After 1945, though claiming to have been a mere chronicler of events, he was fined and imprisoned. His extensive photo archive survives, including photographs of German political and religious figures, as well as actors, painters, and musicians.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Physical Description
    Minature booklet; ill. black and white images. There is a string looped through a small hole at the upper left corner.
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The miniature book was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by H. Arnold Strauch.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-01 07:12:30
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