War and Political Propaganda

Collection Description

The Wolfsonian holds an impressive collection of war propaganda from almost all the combatant countries in both World Wars along with a number of smaller wars. Items in this category range widely from posters, postcards, sheet music, and medallions to paintings and sculpture.

The collection also contains holdings related to the far-reaching propaganda campaigns waged during the interwar period, especially by the totalitarian governments of Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Vivid representations of the personality cults constructed around the dictators of these countries are also prevalent, such as a Central Asian tapestry portraying Joseph Stalin or a poster depicting Benito Mussolini in the guise of a Roman emperor.

IV Brigata Coloniale [IV Colonial Brigade]
Das  Leben eines U-Bootmanns: Das Marine-Ehrenmal in Laboe bei Kiel zur Erinnerung an die Opfer der U-Bootwaffe, 1914-18
[Spanish Republican soldier shaking hands with A.U.S. volunteer]
Anti-terreur! | Anti-terror!
A  soldier's rosary
Gl. Garibaldi The Friend of Italy
Tobacco field, Cuba
La  Beppa Teresa, Su l'Alpe Romana, Pigliava, sorpresa, Pedata Italiana; E poco giuliva, Fuggiva, fuggiva, Gridando a distesa: "L'ho presa! L'ho presa!"
La España de Burgos | The Spain of Burgos
De Schakel Tusschen de Geallieerden en Nederland [The Link Between the Allies and the Netherlands]
Georgia Day at the Jamestown Exposition, 1907
Guerra del Tripartito | War of the Triple Alliance
[Hildegard Saul Herbster archive]
Never Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few
Deutsche Jugend denk an Stalingrad [German Youth Think of Stalingrad]