Destroy Bolshevism is the message of this German-produced Polish language propaganda "news" poster c 1942-1944.
24 ¾" x 37", produced in the rotogravure process, popular in the 1930s and 1940s for printing photographic newspaper supplements, particularly Saturday or Sunday editions. Features images of and references to soldiers from: Holland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Slovakia, Spain, Romania, France, Latvia, Italy, and Hungary. This type and size was produced for posting on bulletin boards in office buildings, factories, and on public bulletin boards in town squares.
Other than the fact that much of the equipment being used in the photographs is obviously of German origin (and one solitary Frenchman in the upper right corner has a German eagle on his uniform), the viewer/reader of this poster could be excused for assuming that the grand fight to destroy Communism was a spontaneous uprising on the part of Europeans and not a Hitler-led campaign for German Lebensraum!
Very good condition. Some paper loss, not affecting the text: an area about three inches by three inches is missing from the lower left hand corner; because there is little detail in that area of the image, a good restorer could fill in the space and the viewer's eye would not immediately go there. An earlier owner has tried to do a replacement in the top area above the photograph of Rumanian soldiers.
Different types of tape have been applied to the back to reinforce the poster by previous owners. Some but not all of is recognizable as acid free archival paper tape. Some of it, beige in color, is not archival. A good restorer could could remove it if deemed necessary.
It is beyond ironic that at roughly the point that they were losing the Battle of Stalingrad, the German propaganda ministry suddenly decided to treat the Poles as if they mattered and began producing propaganda in Polish designed to market Hitler's war against the Soviets as an international campaign against evil. This is definitely one of the strangest posters to have survived the war!