German Propaganda Posters – Hitler’s Cult of Personality

Tad found a great collection of Nazi Propaganda that has been collected by a college professor in Michigan, Randall Bytwerk. I’ve shown plenty of WW2 propaganda posters but the majority have been from the Allied side of the war and I’m using this opportunity to showcase the types of propaganda used by the Germans and will be highlighting some of these posters over the next few months.

Part of the campaign for the Nazi rise to power involved created a cult of personality around Hitler. One of the methods used involved showing Hitler appealing to common Germans for their support or declaring what he’s done for them.

Here’s are Randall’s posters and comments regarding some posters that display Hitler prominently:

I am not certain of the date of this astonishing poster, although I am quite sure it is from the 1930’s. This poster makes the most direct Christological comparison I’ve seen. Just as a dove descended on Christ when he was baptised by John the Baptist, so what looks to be an eagle hovers against the light of heaven over an idealized Hitler. The text: “Long live Germany!.”

This 1938 poster was issued shortly after the Anschluß with Austria. The caption: “One People, One Reich, One Führer.”

This poster was also issued shortly after the Anschluß with Austria. The caption: “One People, One Reich, One Führer.”

This poster is from the 1938. The caption: “Germany is free!”

This looks to be from the late 1930’s, but I’m not certain of the date. The text: “I now ask the German people to strengthen my faith and to give me through the strength of its will the strength I need to continue to fight courageously at any time for its honor and its freedom, and to be able to further its economic prosperity. I ask it particularly to support me in my struggle for true peace.”

I am not sure of the date of this poster. The caption: “Be true to the Führer.”

This is another common World War II poster. The caption: “Adolf Hitler is victory!” It was withdrawn from circulation after the defeat at Stalingrad.

[Images courtesy of Randall Bytwerk at Calvin College.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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