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Manuscript Archive - Original War Propaganda Documents - Some Air Dropped for Distribution During War Periods
Various - Europe & Asia 1940 - Archive of 77 propaganda documents from the 1940s to 1960s, mainly promoting political and war ideologies, including communism and fascism, but also endorsing and initiating women's liberation, gender equality, and peace campaigns. Countries represented in this collection include Germany, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Portugal, the Balkans, Hungary, Greece, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and United States of America. Single and double leafs, a wide array of documents of various sizes and languages, in typescript or illustrated print. The smallest document measures 3,5 x 6 cm, and the largest 21 x 33 cm. Occasional age-toning and creasing, otherwise in very good condition, a unique document archive. A fascinating collection of documents distributed in several countries and propagandizing communism, nationalism, solidarity, political protests, also promoting social and feminist movements, civil rights campaigns, and even Gandhi's peace mission. Several are fervently advocating for or against specific political leaders, while some are soliciting political support. Several contain illustrations to incite an emotional response, as is the nature of propaganda. The majority deal with Communism, several being from China and Germany, although numerous nations are represented. Collectively these documents serve to illustrate the widespread impact of Communism throughout the world, and further form a captivating exhibit of the effectiveness and strategy of psychological warfare. Following are examples from the collection: Promoting Chiang Kai Shek (1887-1975), President of the Republic of China, "Generalissimo" in the Red Army, and influential member of the Chinese Nationalist Party Kuomintang (KMT), a full colour illustrates leaflet shows the Ten Day Celebrations taking place in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Taiwan, over which he presided in 1966. Propaganda against Amintore Fanfani (1908-1999), fascist and corporatist Italian politician, prominent democratic figure, and Prime Minister of Italy. He wrote for the official magazine of racism in Fascist Italy (La difesa della razza), and in 1938, he was among the 330 that signed the antisemitic Manifesto of Race which culminated into the laws that stripped the Italian Jews of any position in the government, university or professions which many previous had. Excerpt from the present propaganda leaf: "Un discorso che oggi Fanfani non vi farà. il fascismo non partì alla conquista dello Stato nel 1922 con un bagaglio dottrinale precostituito ed astratto. - Noi Giovani non crediamo a Fanfani. Voteremo contro la D.C. Voteremo Comunista." [A speech that Fanfani today will make. Fascism did not set out to conquer the state in 1922 with doctrinal baggage and preconceived abstract. - We do not believe in Young Fanfani. We will vote against the CD (Christian Democracy). We will vote Communist.] The oppressive Communist ruled era in Czechoslovakia is protested in a detailed double leaf pamphlet dated April 1954, illustrated, and headed "Free Europe." Intended to inform civilians with facts and statistics, in it the government is described as a deceitful regime that promised public elections for national committees, government parties, and even factory councils, but instead has brought about only social and economic problems. Excerpt: "Ssvobodna Evropa. Rezim si vymyslil politickou kampan: volby závodnich rad, volby Národnich vyboru, sjezd Strany. Stavet pro rodiny, ne pro stat. Dnesni ceskoslovensky rezim stal od unora 1948 pred problemem." A French Communist Party document which was dropped by Communists over Paris and other cities during local elections in 1949 suggests home security and just tenancy, stating, "Un logis sain pour chaque Français. La Bataille de Loyers. Cette politique gouvernementale antiouvrière rend impossible la solution du problème des loyers. malgré le vote de la loi GRIMAUD, le 1e septembre 1948. Unissez-vous dans l'action communistes, soci
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