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Early Nazi campaign poster by Mjolnir: "National Socialism–The Organized Will of the Nation"

In the struggle to seize power, Nazi propagandists sought to win the "moral contest" by portraying its Storm Troopers who had been wounded in street brawls with Communists and Socialists, as victims rather than instigators. Bandaged Nazi warriors became a standard image in newspapers, films, and posters such as this one. Terrified of Communism, many in the German middle classes uncritically accepted this view of the Nazi as the courageous victim of leftist terror.

Bundesarchiv Koblenz (Plak 003-002-043)

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