Tarnschriften are anti-Nazi booklets and periodicals that were published outside Germany between 1933 and 1945, often by Communist groups. The front and back pages are disguised with non-political content, hiding the anti-Nazi messages inside and effectively camouflaging the publication. For example, some of the covers in our collection include instructions on how to play chess, a health and safety calendar and even a sample of Lyon's tea. The publications were smuggled into Germany to gain support for the resistance.
The Wiener Library has the largest collection of Tarnschriften outside Germany, approximately 200 titles in total.
You can find the Tarnschriften through our Online Catalogue by searching for ‘Tarnschriften' as a subject term. If you are generally interested in resistance material, use the terms ‘Illegal pamphlets' or ‘Illegal Press' to find both disguised and undisguised material.