Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nazi Caricatures on U-boats

As part of my current project on caricatures, I am adding a page of Nazi cartoons on submarines.


Churchill and FDR shoveling ships


Sunken ships discuss how they sank

Such cartoons were particularly popular in 1942 and 1943.  After about May 1943 the British and Americans developed increasingly successful measures against German submarines and the theme almost vanished.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Nazi Caricatures on France

I’ll be adding pages on Nazi caricatures on various themes over the next few weeks.  Today I add a page of cartoons about France between 1933 and 1940.  Two examples:


France and Disarmament (1933)


France in Bed with a Black Soldier (1940)

Prior to the war, the basic Nazi theme was that France was building up its armaments, intended for use against Germany.  Once the war began in 1939, a standard theme was that France was claiming to defend European civilization, but was depending on savage Black colonial troops to do so.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Photographs of Julius Streicher

One of the benefits of my web site is that people searching for information on items in their possession sometimes contact me.  Recently, a person whose father had collected some photographs of Julius Streicher in at his country estate in 1945 passed them along. Here’s an example:


I’ve added the pictures to the page on Julius Streicher.  If you think you can identify any of the people in the pictures, drop me an e-mail.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nazi Caricatures of FDR

Over the next month I will be adding many caricatures taken from Nazi satirical periodicals: Brennessel, Kladderadatsch, Fliegende Blätter, and Lustige Blätter.  Some are taken from my own collection, others from the excellent on-line collections of the University of Heidelberg.

Today I’m adding a page on Franklin D. Roosevelt: A few examples:


A cartoon showing FDR’s Jewish reflection


FDR on the electric chair

They provide interesting examples of Nazi propaganda, and also show how it responded to changing conditions.

Growing On-Line Resources on Nazi Propaganda

Increasing numbers of German sources are available on-line. I try to keep my page on such items up-to-date, but it’s a challenge.  Particularly valuable are the long runs of newspapers that are appearing.

Winston Churchill in Nazi Propaganda

Back in 2009 my article on Winston Churchill in Nazi caricatures appeared in Finest Hour, the monthly publication of the Churchill Centre.  It is now available on-line.


Many caricatures are available on the GPA page on Winston Churchill.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Austrian Fans of Traditional Costumes Welcome Hitler

The Nazis moved quickly to incorporate Austria into the Reich.  Less than a month after the Nazi takeover, the Austrian monthly for those interested in traditional costumes welcomed the new order, noting that Hitler was a great supporter of traditional costumes.


The original article is available on ANNO, an Austrian project to digitize newspapers.