German Cartoon During WW2: "Lustige Blatter"

Lustige Blatter (Funny Sheets) was a German satire humor weekly magazine. It was published till 1944. Obviously it steered clear from making barbs at Nazi leaders but Allied leaders were the object of their cartoons. Besides overt German propaganda and anti-semitism,  apolitical social issues too were raised.The drawings were top class.
February 15, 1942 British Singapore became Japanese territory. "Singapore. Strongest fortress in the world" - the magazine celebrates the success of the Japanese.

Optimism: "Victory will be ours! The King found one four-leaf clover". According to British legends four-leaf clover brings good luck to those who find it. The Issue was published in the winter of the 1941, when the bombing of London had become much less intense, but still continued.
German Cartoon During WW2 Lustige Blatter
"I am a friend of all the small countries." Churchill takes off his mask. Cartoon transparently hints - the British love to fight by proxy.
"Behind the scenes". Popular story of Nazi caricatures - Jewish puppeteer and puppets: Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt. The floor was littered with dolls already used, such as Chamberlain.
"What are you hiding behind, Franklin" - asks South America. "Our wedding rings." Readers were told a simple message - America uses war to subjugate  South America states.
"I think you need to move, since you're on our side" - Winston Churchill said, clinging to Stalin. One of the first issues of the magazine, which was released on 22 June 1941.
"Sword of the Samurai. He will tear any mouth." The reaction of the magazine on December 7, 1941 - Japanese carrier-based strike aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor. .On December 11, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.

Trust him to Britain. He just wants to protect you" - said Churchill. Union of British and Russian Bolsheviks  seemed unnatural to the Germans

"The results of the winter offensive. He bit steel." Winter 41, the Germans suffered their first defeat of the war. Cartoonists as much as they could, encouraged depressed readers.

The title of this cartoon: "American Giganticism." The caption: "Isn't it wonderful? The motor is so powerful that it flies all by itself, saving us the airplane and pilots."
"American chandelier." Another of the topic of anti-Semitism.

The magazine celebrates the successes of German submariners. And in the early years of the war, they, indeed, have made impressive progress.
Again, readers should cheer "Doenitz wolves." The cartoon overlooked the grim German situation in the spring of 1943, after Stalingrad, and amid escalating Allied air raids. Therefore, the logo at the caricature reads "Bomb Shelter for sinking ships"

"The polyp". The message is clear: the Jews controlled the Allied forces

"They eat each other, and a Jew eats them all." Another anti-Semitic caricature.

"Information from the U.S.." American radio, means truth is upside down.

"Our proposal." IUnited States should build a monument to blacks. Most likely it will be in the  way shown below. The Nazis of course hated Blacks too, but the cartoon wanted to say that in America blacks were lynched.

.Another anti-Jewish cartoon

"Is not it so cute, Reverend? He wants to become a British Bolshevik commissar, when he grows up." The theme of this cartoon was an alliance between Russia and Britain.

The caption: “Hey Bimbo, look at the funny factories they have here in Europe!” There was a flurry of cartoons on this theme. Nazi propaganda argued that Americans were sending ignorant black soldiers to destroy the cultured lands of Europe (led by Germany).
 "Pumping blood". Soviet Union spilling blood for Jewish benefit is the message
The caption: “His way to ‘liberate’ Europe.” Mord means murder in German


Cartoons/Posters During WW2

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Quotes about war....

"War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man."
--Napoleon Hill

"We have failed to grasp the fact that mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide."
--Havelock Ellis

'Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
--Mao Tse-Tung (1893 - 1976)

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
--George McGovern

"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic."
--Joseph Stalin

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
--Voltaire, War

In war, truth is the first casualty.
-- Aeschylus

"The ability and inclination to use physical strength is no indication of bravery or tenacity to life. The greatest cowards are often the greatest bullies. Nothing is cheaper and more common than physical bravery."
--Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
--Adolf Hitler

"To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization."
--George Orwell

"Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country."
--Bertrand Russell

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
--Francis Meehan

Snippets From History

German Soldiers in Russia: Part 1

Hubert Menzel was a major in the General Operations Department of the OKH (the Oberkommando des Heers, the German Army headquarters), and for him the idea of invading the Soviet Union in 1941 had the smack of cold, clear logic to it: 'We knew that in two years' time, that is by the end of 1942, beginning of 1943, the English would be ready, the Americans would be ready, the Russians would be ready too, and then we would have to deal with all three of them at the same time.... We had to try to remove the greatest threat from the East.... At the time it seemed possible.'

Battle for Berlin, 1945

'We started to fire at the masses,' says one former German machine gunner. 'They weren't human beings for us. It was a wall of attacking beasts who were trying to kill us. You yourself were no longer human.'


Berlin after it fell to the Russians, 1945

"Vladlen Anchishkin, a Soviet battery commander on the 1st Ukrainian Front, sums up the horror of the whole event, when he tells how he took personal revenge on German soldiers: 'I can admit it now, I was in such a state, I was in such a frenzy. I said, 'Bring them here for an interrogation' and I had a knife, and I cut him. I cut a lot of them. I thought, 'You wanted to kill me, now it's your turn.'
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Dramatic Pictures: Battle For Stalingrad
"...Effective command no longer possible... further defense senseless. Collapse inevitable. Army requests immediate permission to surrender in order to save lives of remaining troops."
General Paulus' radio message to Hitler on January 24, 1943

"...Capitulation is impossible. The 6th Army will do its historic duty at Stalingrad until the last man, the last bullet..."

Hitler's response to General Friedrich Paulus' request to withdraw from the city


Points To Ponder....

The fall of France was shocking. It reduced France to virtually a non-player in the Second World War. The efforts of Charles de Gualle were more symbolic than material. But the martial instincts of the French must never be doubted. Under Napoleon they were a formidable military power. The French definitely have more iron in their blood then say, the Italians [I do not mean it in a derogatory sense. War never makes sense]


Bias Of Western Historians

Soviet resistance made possible a successful Allied invasion of France, and ensured the final Allied victory over Germany.

It can hardly be called mere 'resistance'! If it hadn't been for the Russians, Hitler would have made mincemeat of British forces in Africa and landed on British shores in no time. Hitler attacked Russia first because it had more land and resources than Britain. It is as simple as that.

Eastern Front: Bias Of Western Historians