The High Style of Nazi Propaganda


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  • 1928

Against Freedom Fighters

In another popular poster for the Reichstag elections of 1928, Hitler justifies his radical rhetoric. The scene shows our typical Nazi figure, the blonde worker, sledge-hammer in hand, and sleeves rolled up for action. But his actions are being thrwarted by a portly judge, pointing to the paragraphs of the Constitution and Legal Code. And behind the judge, his "advisor" is another of the stereotyped Jewish figures.

The implications are extremely clear: Germans cannot cure their own problems at home because the democratic constitution (as interpreted and misapplied by the Jewish minority) prevents it. This anti-authority argument was becoming one of the Nazi's most effective weapons, especially when it argues that the Nazis are "freedom fighters." Although this poster does not directly suggest it, the viewer is being manipulated to urge the worker to use his hammer against the judge and the entire legal swindle.

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