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Light is the best target for a bomb

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Vienna (printed)
    Berlin (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reichsluftschutzbund (publisher)
    Waldheim-Eberle (printer)

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR5

Place of Origin

Vienna (printed)
Berlin (published)


ca. 1940 (made)


Reichsluftschutzbund (publisher)
Waldheim-Eberle (printer)

Marks and inscriptions

Light is the best target for a bomb. So remember to black out completely! It has been noticed that enemy pilots almost exclusively attack at night in the western zone, and that they randomly bomb areas where light can be detected. Therefore, it is the duty of each and every one to black out drastically, in the interest of oneself and the entire People, who are to be protected from every danger coming from above. Extremely important in the border zone, this is also true for our own territory. There, too, everything that could be seen as a target for a bomb during the nightly attacks of the enemy should be avoided.
Published by the headquarters of the 'Reichsluftschutzbund', Berlin
[printed by] Waldheim-Eberle, Vienna
translated from the German


Height: 61 cm, Width: 42.8 cm

Descriptive line

"Licht ist das... Bombenzil" Unknown designer. Austria, ca. 1940.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

National socialism; Light; Bombs; War; Bombs; Propaganda


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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