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Poster - Wir helfen der Front!

Wir helfen der Front!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    August Scherl (Published by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.607-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 62, box E

During World War II, women in Germany were instructed that they could best meet their obligations to the Reich in the role of wife and mother. These photographic images depict German women engaged in the then unconventional work of producing military hardware in factories. The presentation may lack the humour or finesse of many of the posters issued by Allied forces' governments, but it makes very clear which roles were considered suitable for women in war-time Germany.

Physical description

6 photos of German women engaged in the war effort

Place of Origin

Berlin (made)

Date

1943 (made)

Artist/maker

August Scherl (Published by)

Materials and Techniques

Paper and ink

Marks and inscriptions

We are helping the Front!
-Instructed by a competent foreman, she too will turn into valuable help.
-Thousands of diligent women's hands are helping our pilots through their exact and dextrous work.
-In the electronic industry, dextrous women's hands are specifically sought to fulfill wartime orders.
-Women of all social origin and occupations are united in the armaments industry, to supply weapons for the Front.
-The working German woman is not marked by an overload of bodily strains, but of exactness and the highest level of reliability.
-This, too, is important work for the production of arms.
translated from the German

Descriptive line

"Wir helfen der Front!" 6 photos of German women engaged in the war effort (WWII). Germany, 1943.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Gender; Gendered space; Propaganda; War

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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