War and Political Propaganda

Collection Description

The Wolfsonian holds an impressive collection of war propaganda from almost all the combatant countries in both World Wars along with a number of smaller wars. Items in this category range widely from posters, postcards, sheet music, and medallions to paintings and sculpture.

The collection also contains holdings related to the far-reaching propaganda campaigns waged during the interwar period, especially by the totalitarian governments of Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Vivid representations of the personality cults constructed around the dictators of these countries are also prevalent, such as a Central Asian tapestry portraying Joseph Stalin or a poster depicting Benito Mussolini in the guise of a Roman emperor.

Vencerem Pel Bé Del Proletariat Mundial [We will triumph for the good of the Proletariat of the world]
Cartoon vehicles leading anthropomorphous fife and drum corps
The  Igorrotes
Plate: Long Live World-Wide Civil War
Study of Chaplain Leading Two Soldiers in Prayer in Church Ruins
Flick Your Ashes On Hitler's Hearth
Australia screams
Propaganda tricks, good and bad
El  general Villalba, al frente de las columnas que operan en Huesca | General Villalba, to the front of the columns that operate in Huesca
Vrijheid; Je Maintiendrai 5 Mei 1945 [Freedom; I shall Maintain 5 May 1945]
Jugend um Hitler
Tutto per la Patria [All for the Fatherland]
I gave that Spain's children may live
Casa Del Mutilato [House of the Maimed]
No jobs today: a story of a young worker in pictures