H15654 PROPAGANDA 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. By the end of the war almost two hundred war artists had served in the Wehrmacht. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 4" x 5 3/4", mid-weight cardstock postcard features full color artwork showing two abandoned Russian KV1's tanks in a desolate, snowy landscape. The reverse of the postcard has black printed script that includes, "Abgeschosene Sowjetpanzer vor Bely-Werch", (Shot down Soviet tank in front of Bely-Werch), and, "Kriegsberichter:Schneider", (War Correspondent: Schneider). The postcard has a couple of small tears and shows heavy age yellowing.

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