This site examines the evolution and effectiveness of political propaganda posters during the turbulent years of the German Republic [frequently called the Weimar Republic](1919-1933) and in the subsequent Nazi dictatorship called The Third Reich (1933-1945). The purpose of this site is to present a variety of posters and thus permit students to analyze the effectiveness, both as political propaganda and as in competition with other political parties.
This large collection of political posters is divided into 14 different categories. Each share a common organization, which can best be explained here. Upon opening one of the categories below, you will find a index page consisting of a large number of thumbnail versions of the posters. Clicking on the thumbnail will produce a page with a 2 x 3 inch version of the poster, along with an English translation of the German text, and commentary of the historical, political and social background and symbolism for the individual poster. Clicking on this picture will bring up a full-screen version for further examination. By using the back-button on your menu bar you may then return to the translated commentary, from which page you may then advanced to the next slide by clicking the appropriate button. Or you may go back to the thumbnail page.
An alternnaive way of using this collection would be to view each category as a slide show, in which the posters would appear sequentially, without the translations and commentary. Interruption of the slide-show would bring you back to the index page, thus permitting viewing of individual posters in the translated commentary. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS SLIDE SHOW OPTION IS NOT YET WORKING.
The first two categories in this collection presents a number of posters from the German revolution and first year of the Republic. The next twelve pages present posters from the National Socialist (Nazi) party, which, by general concensus, was the most systematic user of this political art form. These will in time be joined by pages containing pro-Republican and anti-Nazi posters from a variety of political parties of the Weimar Republic. I anticipate that some final pages will offer posters from the major non-German partipants in World War II (1939-1945).
To enter an individual collection, click on the enhanced title or picture.