German Propaganda Posters – Charity

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.

The Nazi party ran a huge charity called the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt (the National Socialist People’s Welfare Organization). The NSV was not voluntary in the way most of us consider charitable giving. It was more of an expected obligation and failure to properly and consistently give to the NSV would result in a variety of punitive measures the same way breaking the law might. To encourage giving (remind people), the Nazi party put out posters, flyers, and reminder cards in addition to sending collectors door-to-door. Here are some of Randall’s posters and comments encouraging Germans to donate to charity:

This poster probably dates to the mid-1930’s. It promotes the Nazi charitable organization (the NSV). The text: “Support the assistance program for mothers and children.”
The Winter Aid (Winterhilfswerk) was the Nazi Party charity. Each year there was a drive to solicit donations to help the needy. Contributions were not entirely “voluntary.” The text translates as: “No one shall go hungry! No one shall be cold!”
This poster encouraged sacrificial contributions to the Winter Aid. The text translates: “don’t give. Sacrifice.”
This poster advertises the Nazi charity, the NSV. The text translates: “Health, child protection, fighting poverty, aiding travelers, community, helping mothers: These are the tasks of the National Socialist People’s Charity. Become a member!”

[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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