German Propaganda Posters – Labor

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.

More than any other war, World War Two was a battle of production and relied upon goods almost as much as it relied upon men. The Germans, like the Americans, recognized this and promoted strong labor and production. Here are some of Randall’s posters and comments promoting labor:

This poster links the German Labor Front (the DAF) to World War I. The point is that just as soldiers were comrades regardless of their standing in civil life, so too all German workers were comrades in the DAF, regardless of whether they were white or blue collar. This appeared in 1933.

This is another WWII production poster from the winter of 1940-1941.. The text translates as: “You are the front!”

This poster comes from the World War II period. The text translates as: “Labor Comrade. You work with us. Keep up your strength!”

This poster was issued around May 1942. The text translates as: “Work as hard for victory as we fight!”

This poster was issued during the summer of 1943. The text translates as: “Build Weapons for the Front.”

[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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