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Object ID

2012.1.443

Object Name

Stamp, Postage

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Description

Tan paper with four red stamps of a skeletal Adolf Hitler. Titled, "We ein Volk Retten will kann nur Heroisch Denken."

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: This 12 Pfennig parody is also known as the Hitler Skull Stamp or Deaths-Head Stamp. The bottom of stamp has been changed from Deutches Reich to "Futches Reich" (lost empire). The originals were produced during the war by the OSS ("Operation Cornflake"), the brainchild of "Wild Bill" Donovan, head of the OSS, the U.S. Espionage agency during WWII and precursor to the CIA. The effort was part of a broad-based propaganda campaign to undermine the morale of the average German citizen.

Dimensions

4 1/8 x 5 7/8"

Keywords

Adolf Hitler, Wild Bill Donovan, Bill Donovan, Stamp, Skull, Deaths, Head, Futches Reich, Propaganda

Third Reich

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