The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Political Posters and Cartoons

The Wiener Library holds a number of posters and political cartoons covering a broad range of themes connected with the Holocaust, World War Two, and Nazi society. As well as showing Nazi recruitment and antisemitism, the Library’s collection also contains anti-Nazi posters, Allied recruitment for nursing and the war effort generally, and a large number connected to the 1936 Olympic Games. The clear, concise messages contained in posters and cartoons drawn by artists such as Stephen Roth, Arthur Szyk, and David Low, and their reflection of societal trends and pressures make them a particularly useful tool to explore social history.

Anti-Nazi poster published by the Reich Union of Jewish War Veterans in the 1920s reminding Germany of Jewish Germans’ sacrifices in WW1 (WL Doc 609/7/4)

Anti-Nazi poster published by the Reich Union of Jewish War Veterans in the 1920s reminding Germany of Jewish Germans’ sacrifices in WW1 (WL Doc 609/7/4).

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Anti-Nazi cartoon depicting a German Jew carrying the swastika on his back. Titled “The Cross” and published by New Zealand Herald on 17 November 1938.

Anti-Nazi cartoon depicting a German Jew carrying the swastika on his back. Titled “The Cross” and published by New Zealand Herald on 17 November 1938. (Doc 1683/23, Special Collection 23. Album 178.)

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Anti-Nazi caricature of Hitler, Göring and Goebbels, commenting on the November Pogrom of 1938. Titled

Anti-Nazi caricature of Hitler, Göring and Goebbels, commenting on the November Pogrom of 1938. Titled "And Pharaoh hardened his heart, he and his servants" and published in London’s The Bulletin on 14 November 1938. (Doc 1683/23, Special Collection 23. Album 178.)

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Anti-Nazi caricature of Wilhelm II and Hitler. Titled

Anti-Nazi caricature of Wilhelm II and Hitler. Titled "I laughed at that in 1914, too" and published by the New York Times on 20 November 1938. (Doc 1683/23, Special Collection 23. Album 178.)