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Poster - Zerschmettert den Weltfeind. Wählt Nationalsozialistisch!
  • Zerschmettert den Weltfeind. Wählt Nationalsozialistisch!
    Schweitzer, Hans Mjölnir, born 1901 - died 1980
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Zerschmettert den Weltfeind. Wählt Nationalsozialistisch!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Zwickau (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1926 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schweitzer, Hans Mjölnir, born 1901 - died 1980 (artist)
    Streiter Verlag (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph in red and black

  • Museum number:

    E.1365-1931

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB3H, shelf DR4

Despite its appearance during an election, this poster was designed to illustrate Nazi promises to deliver dramatic solutions to pressing social problems that the democratic system had been unable to solve. Opposition to parliamentary rule was a distinctive feature of both Left- and Right-wing activism in Germany in the 1920s; the figure of the proletarian destroying a parliamentary chamber was a typical theme in Kommunistiche Partei Deutschlands (German Communist Party) posters of the period.

Physical description

portrait format poster printed in red and black on creamy ground. Gigantic male figure, bare chested, raises in his arms an enormous pile driver which he is about to smash down on a building below inscribed "internationale Hochfinanze"[International high finance].To his right an inscription in red in German and below, the main caption in red. with the sub-caption (hitler bewegung) [(hitler movement)]

Place of Origin

Zwickau (published)

Date

ca. 1926 (published)

Artist/maker

Schweitzer, Hans Mjölnir, born 1901 - died 1980 (artist)
Streiter Verlag (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph in red and black

Marks and inscriptions

Streiter -Verlag,Zwickau
Streiter Publishers Zwickau
Distributor's identification; German; centre bottom margin; lithography

Wählt Nationalsozialistisch!/ (hitler-Bewegung)
Vote nationalsocialist!/ (Hitler Movement)

Zerschmettert den Weltfeind
Smash the World Enemy
written in red, Sütterlin script

Dimensions

Height: 859 mm sheet, Width: 613 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Election poster, 'Wählt Nationalsozialistisch!' created for the Nazi Party by Mjölnir; Saxony, Germany, ca. 1926

Labels and date

The motif of a worker destroying a parliament building is usually associated with Communism. However, the Nazis also used the idea to attract the worker’s vote. Here a muscular proletarian smashes the Saxon parliament, home of ‘International High Finance’. The implication is that the Nazis will deliver dramatic solutions to problems the democratic system had been unable to solve.

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, V&A, Galleries 88a and 90, (1 May-2 Nov 2014) [01/05/2014-02/11/2014]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Labourer; Pile driver; Nationalism; Facism; Destruction; The economy; Swastika; Election

Categories

Propaganda; Politics; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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