H040069 ARTWORK POSTCARD. (Kunstwerk Postkarte)

BACKGROUND: Artwork, as a propaganda tool, was widely used during the Third Reich and Hitler’s own humble artistic background also helped foster a general interest in German art. Many art exhibitions were held through-out German during the time period with the largest being held annually, ever summer from 1937 to 1944, at the German House of Art in Munich. As early as 1938 the OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), actively began recruiting artists who were assigned to a units Propaganda Company along with photographers and journalists which accompanied all three branches of service in the field. In his position as the Reichsminister, für Volkserklärung und Propaganda, (National Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda), Dr. Paul Josef Goebbels assisted the Armed Forces by compiling a list of suitable photographers, journalist and artists, and provided an eight week war correspondents training program for them. The photographs, artwork and reports from the Propaganda Companies were utilized to maintain morale, assist in recruitment and record the exploits of the German Armed Forces in the field and was utilized in assorted magazines, postcards and posters. By the end of the war almost two hundred war artists had served in the Wehrmacht. Of Note: The word Propaganda did not have the negative connotation to the German’s as it does to the English. This group of eight fund raising postcards was produced by the, KdF, Kraft durch Freude, (Strength through Joy), organization which was a sub-section of the DAF, Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (German Labor Front), which provided recreation for workers.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A standard, 15cm x 10.5cm light weight cardstock postcard with a black and white printed, sepia toned, artwork featuring two, uniformed, mountain troopers, wearing mountain caps and manning a machine gun in mountainous terrain with a large likeness of a "Heeresbergführer", (Army Mountain Guides) badge in the foreground. The artwork has the printed caption, "Im Kampf um die Freiheit", (In the battle for freedom). The obverse has additional printed script that includes, "KdF.=Sammlergruppen, Abgabepreis 20 Rpf.", (Strength through Joy=Collection Group, Duty Price 20 Pfennigs).

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $20.00

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