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German Propaganda Archive Calvin College

 

Background: One of the last major Nazi propaganda campaigns was the “Shadow Campaign” of the first half of 1944. It was designed to combat idle chatter and build awareness of enemy spies. This page has most of the posters from the campaign — perhaps all, but I’m not certain.

The source: All of the posters were in color, but I have available mostly black and white copies from Rüstzeug für die Propaganda in der Ortsgruppe #3 (1944).


A Nazi Poster Campaign: 1944


Nazi poster

A dubious waiter listens in.

Image courtesy of Dr. Robert D. Brooks.

Nazi poster

Another suspicious scene in a pub...

“Pst! The enemy is listening.”

Nazi poster

One man tells another: “Itís over there at the edge of the forest...”

Nazi poster
A soldier carelessly reveals military secrets to his girl.
Nazi poster

Chattering workmates talk about things they shouldn’t.

Nazi poster
A soldier tells his girl: “Further to the west...”
Nazi poster

A barber says: “I can tell you that on...”

Image courtesy of Dr. Robert D. Brooks.

Nazi poster
“Itís underground...”
Nazi poster
Two workmates are overheard.
Nazi poster
“Hans writes that his division has reached...”
Nazi poster
Two truckers chatter about secret matters.
Nazi poster
An officer is shocked at what his girl is telling him.
Matches
The theme even showed up on matchboxes.

 

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