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Cover: A circle of illustrations of everyday people surround an illustration of Adolf Hitler's face. Interior pages: Propagandistic photographs of and about Adolf Hitler intended for a French audience. Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Vichy France: The Fuhrer and his People. After the fall of France in May, 1940, an armistice is signed at Hitler's insistence in Compiegne in the same railroad car in which the armistice ending WWI had been signed 22 years earlier. Under the terms of the armistice, France is to be divided into two parts: Occupied France under direct German control and Vichy France, a quasi-independent territory with the eighty-four year old Marshal Petain as its head. This booklet clearly intends to introduce the French to the conquering hero, and paints a benign, avuncular portrait of the Fuhrer. Here we see him shaking hands with everyone from world leaders to nurses and children as well as with his worshipful admirers. He signs autographs, is depicted as a lover of the arts, and is not above picking up a shovel to help construct the autobahn.
8 x 5 3/4"
Fuhrer, Nazi, Germany, NSDAP, Adolf Hitler, France, Propaganda
"The Fuhrer and his People" (1940). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2014.1.185.