War posters 1940-1945

A collection of the NIOD Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust- en Genocidestudies, Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Poster calling men to fight for the Waffen SSPosters were an important propaganda tool during World War II. The Germans gave a lot of care and attention to propagating the National Socialist message in occupied Holland by using colourful placards. Signs, walls and advertising pillars were plastered full of propaganda posters with loud slogans and gripping images that were supposed to influence public opinion.
5000 posters from the momentous war years of 1940-1945 can be viewed on this site. The subject matter is very diverse: German propaganda campaigns, Mussert and his NSB party, recruitment notices for the Waffen SS, instructions for protecting the population against air-raids, leisure activities and German death sentences. Mayors informed their citizens of new German measures. The underground used placards to encourage resistance.
In Dutch Indonesia, the Japanese occupier circulated propaganda posters.

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Examples from this collection War posters 1940-1945

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