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Victoria - La Croisade contre le Bolchevisme.
Selling price: $700
Sold in 2020
Poster published by the German propaganda services in France (Propaganda Abteilung). The launching of the German offensive against the USSR in June 1941 was accompanied by intense propaganda aimed at making the war in the East appear as a "crusade" against Bolshevism. That is to say, a real war of civilization. On the one hand, the new Europe, a space dominated by Germany and the Nazi ideology of the race, clashes with one another, and "Asian" communism, presented as a mortal danger to European civilization, on the other. The military struggle between sovereign nations is fading in favor of a binary front line, of an ideological nature, whose stake is the future of civilization.
From this perspective, all European nations (except the Great -Brittany and Switzerland) are called upon to supply their contingent of "crusaders" to overcome the Bolshevik "heresy". Note that on the map, the border between France and Germany has simply disappeared.
The big "V" that appears in overlay on the map refers to a famous episode in the history of propaganda: the "battle of V ", which raged during the summer of 1941. Following an initiative of the Belgian resistance, the" V "quickly became a sign of recognition and hope for all opponents of Nazism in occupied France and Belgium. Worried about the proliferation of these symbols of resistance, German propaganda is trying to recover the "V" sign for its benefit, to make it the symbol of German victories on the Eastern front (Victoria).
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