A Rich World Perishes Nazi propaganda poster

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1995.96.72
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

overall: Height: 33.125 inches (84.138 cm) | Width: 47.500 inches (120.65 cm)


Archival History

The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

Scope and Content

The Nazis used propaganda to buttress public support for the war effort, shape public opinion, and reinforce antisemitic ideas. As part of their propaganda campaign, the Nazis created the Word of the Week Series of posters (also referred to as Wandzeitung, or wall newspapers), the first of which was distributed on March 16, 1936. Each week, approximately 125,000 posters were strategically placed in public places and businesses such as: market squares, metro stations, bus stops, payroll offices, hospital waiting rooms, factory cafeterias, schools, hotels, restaurants, post offices, train stations, and street kiosks so that they would be viewed by as many people as possible. Posters were the primary medium for the series, but smaller pamphlets were also produced, which could be plastered on the back of correspondence. The posters used colorful, often derogatory caricatures, and photorealistic images with vibrant language to target the Nazis' early political adversaries, Jews, Communists, and Germany's enemies during the war. The series was discontinued in 1943.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access

Conditions Governing Reproduction

No restrictions on use

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Small drawing of a sinking ship, with a British flag torn and sinking, surrounded by boxes of German text.

Corporate Bodies



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