German Propaganda Posters – Antibolshevism

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.

In an effort to promote the Nazi Party’s campaign against other peoples and ideologies, the Reich’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda created posters in an attempt to sway public opinion. One action included an entire campaign to draw distinctions between life under German control or through Bolshevist chaos. Here are some of Randall’s posters and comments involving Antibolshevism and below that an excerpt from the campaign, “Victory or Bolshevist Chaos!“:

This Mjölnir poster appeared in February 1943, just after the defeat at Stalingrad. It was part of a major propaganda campaign with the theme “Victory or Bolshevist Chaos.” The party’s propagandists were told to make sure the poster was posted by itself rather than next to other posters. The text translates as: “Victory or Bolshevism.”
Directive for the Anti-Bolshevist Propaganda Action

A. Basic Guidelines

The war forced upon us by our enemies has reached its decisive stage. Everyone today realizes that in the final analysis this is an historic struggle between National Socialism and Bolshevism. The fateful question the German people, and all of Europe, face is:

VICTORY OR BOLSHEVIST CHAOS!

Consistent with this slogan, the task of propaganda is to make the facts and their consequences clear to the German people, and also to the other peoples. For the time being, propaganda against the plutocratic Western powers will be secondary to the propaganda against Bolshevism. In conjunction with our anti-Bolshevist arguments, these opponents, Churchill and Roosevelt above all, are to be presented as accomplices and toadies of Bolshevism. Bolshevism is the main enemy we have to fight against, which is the most radical expression of the Jewish drive for world domination.

To make plain the nature of Bolshevism, its aims, its methods and the results of its brutal use of power, we will mobilize all our defensive capacities and the full willingness of all people’s comrades to carry this war through to a victorious conclusion, come what may. Under the slogan

“Europe wins with Germany or sinks into Bolshevist chaos”

we will unite all of Europe’s healthy strengths into a great anti-Bolshevist front.

The entire propaganda against Bolshevism should be guided by the following fundamental points:

1. The battle against the Bolshevist system.

Our battle is directed entirely against the Bolshevist system, not the Eastern peoples, not against pan-Slavism and not against Russia’s political and national unity. We fight Bolshevism as a destructive Jewish idea that, were it to reach its goal, would bring vast misery and the complete destruction of all cultural values. In short, it would bring chaos.

2. Our battle against Bolshevism is a defensive war.

Bolshevism’s goal is world conquest and world revolution as the core of its political program, and it has pursued this goal consistently from the beginning. A fundamental part of the Bolshevist program is to lead the world into tumult and revolution in order to weaken the peoples and make them easy victims of Jewish-Bolshevist domination. Stalin wanted to use the tactic in this war, too. Only because the Führer clearly saw Bolshevism’s goal and acted just before the Bolshevist leaders did has Germany, and indeed all of Europe, been protected from the threat of Bolshevist attack. We are fighting a defensive war for the life and freedom of the German people, and ultimately for the other peoples of Europe as well.

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[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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