Propaganda - Politics - USSR - Russia
Back to 1943... France is occupied by Nazi Germany.
The Nazi General Staff had great difficulty in supporting the war effort throughout Europe. Putting prisoners to work was no longer enough, more manpower was needed. The message of the poster is clear, the Nazis want to convince the French to participate in the fight against Bolshevism by freely accepting to work in German factories
We can see that this poster uses all the codes of Nazi propaganda:
- The drawing is figurative but stylized, very modern for the time.
- The dominant color is red. It evokes the communist danger but also the blood that is mentioned in the text.
- On the horizon, at the vanishing point of the perspective, yellow evokes the rising sun, light and freedom.
- In the upper part, the face is both disturbing (hard, impassive, cold look) and reassuring (the German army is watching and protecting). Note also the eastward orientation of the gaze (USSR).
- In the lower part, the characters go to work in two well-ordered lines that recall German discipline.
Good condition, traces of folds
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