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German propaganda poster showing a colored map of Eastern and Northern Europe

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    German propaganda poster showing a colored map of Eastern and Northern Europe

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    Brief Narrative
    Propaganda map of Northern and Eastern Europe distributed by the National Propaganda Office of the Nazi Party showing previous German territorial boundaries compared with their military expansion as of 1941. The map shows German occupied territory in red overlaid with the German borders before and during WWI. The poster was published by the National Propaganda Office, which controlled the film, radio, theater, and press and chose what information to distribute to the public. By 1941, Germany had made alliances with Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, and Hungary and had conquered France, Norway, and every European nation in Eastern Europe. On June 22, 1941, Germany, with the support of its allies, invaded the Soviet Union, and by September, they had advanced past the city of Smolensk. The poster implies that information about German defeats from the Soviet Union and Britain are lies and presents Germany’s territorial expansion throughout Eastern Europe as evidence.
    Unser Vormarsch im Osten Tatsachen gegen Lügen
    Alternate Title
    Our advance in the East, Facts Against Lies
    manufacture:  approximately 1941 September
    distribution: Germany
    manufacture: Dresden (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Lucinda Pollack
    front, top and bottom, printed, black ink : Unser Vormarsch im Osten / Tatsachen gegen Lügen [Our advance in the East, Facts Against Lies]

    front, top right, printed, black and red ink : Moskau und London logen das / Blaue vom Himmel herunter über / Sowjet-Erfolge und deutsche / Niederlagen oder wenigstens / Stillstannd unserer Operationen. / Hier unsere Antwort: / so standen wir 1915 sechs Wochen / nach Beginn der Frühjarsoffensive / so standen wir 1917 bei Beginn der / Waffenstillstandsverhandlungen / und so stehen wir diesmal / sechs Wochen nach Beginn / des Ostfeldzuges / Deutschland bis 1914 / DeutschesReichsgebiet, Gebiet derver / -bündeten Staaten u. die besetzten Gebiete / Neutrale Staaten / Sowjet-Union [Moscow and London lied blue from the sky about Soviet successes and German defeats, or at least the silence of our operations. / Here is our answer: / In 1915 we were six weeks after the beginning of the spring offensive / So we stood in 1917 at the beginning of the ceasefire negotiations / And so we stand this time six weeks after the beginning of the Eastern campaign /
    Germany until 1914 / German Reich territory, the territory of the allied states and occupied territories / Neutral states / Soviet Union

    front, bottom left, printed, black ink : Plakat Nr. 16 der R.P.L. [Poster No. 16 of Reichspropaganda-Leitung (Reich Propaganda Line)]

    front, bottom right, printed, black ink : Tiefdruck Dr. Güntz-Druck Dresden [printer Dr. Güntz-Druck Dresden]
    bottom right, within image, printed, black ink : FM
    Printer: Dr. Güntz-Druck
    Publisher: Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.

    Physical Details

    Nazi propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset Lithographic poster printed on faded white lightweight paper depicting a colored map of Eastern and Northern Europe. The map shows the German boundaries in 1914, 1915, and 1917 with a black dashed line, a dotted line, and a bold black line in comparison with the German Reich and its allies in red and German territorial conquests in red with light horizontal white lines. The Soviet Union is colored in green and Sweden and Switzerland are in yellow. Bodies of water are depicted in dark blue. The map also shows the names and former boundaries of the occupied nations in light black lines and Europe’s capital cities with large black dots. A large, rectangular white legend is in the top right corner. The poster has a white border with a large black text title across the top and bottom. The top left side has some minor water damage, small losses, and wrinkles along the edge. There is a horizontal yellow line across the bottom.
    overall: Height: 33.000 inches (83.82 cm) | Width: 23.250 inches (59.055 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, pencil
    backside, bottom right, handwritten, pencil : 11552

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    Geographic Name
    Dresden (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by David and Lucinda Pollack.
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    2023-06-08 08:56:31
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