Item #31548 Meine lieben Kamaraden! Der Führer ist in Gefahr! Black Propaganda.

Meine lieben Kamaraden! Der Führer ist in Gefahr!

np: 1943. 8 1/8 x 10 1/2" flyer, mimeographed in blue on a sheet of stationary printed in black. With a notation in pencil (Ballon eksemplaar) to lower margin.

One of the more influential examples of "black propaganda," or forged announcements made clandestinely to sow dissent and unease among German troops in WWII. This particular text appeared in several iterations in the war, and was written to suggest that Hitler was in danger from a coup. The first iteration of the text was distributed by the Norwegian resistance on September 15 1943 in Norway, then attributed to Josef Terboven, the Reichskomissar. Two other versions of the text quickly followed, and were distributed in Europe. This is the fourth and most influential version, which was falsely attributed to Erick Koch, then the Gauleiter of East Prussia and High Commissioner for the Ukraine. This example 'received wider circulation through aerial dissemination by balloon. The text remained essentially the same but the leaflet was laid out as if it were a circular letter from Koch. This version received some worldwide press interest and was specifically referred to by the German propagandist Hans Fritzsche in a radio address titled "British poison leaflets dropped on Germany" on the evening of 23 October 1943. The following day, several British newspapers reported the contents of the leaflet and Fritzsche's denunciation of it."" - Richards, The Black Art: British Clandestine Psychological Warfare against the Third Reich, p. 110-11.

[Richards H.565/Q.13]

Folded into fourths, with foxing and two holes punched along right margin, and an old, unnecessary cellotape reinforcement to one fold line. Item #31548

Price: $450.00

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