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Die Woche 1944

Die Woche 1944




Historical significance

Complete issue – 18 pages

This example sold in occupied Yugoslavia 1944 - Cover overstamped with price Din.8.00

Cover – Belgian master painter

Flying Bombs against England

London – Centre of War Industry

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The Same Message

Frontespiece - Die Woche 1944

Frontespiece – Die Woche 1944

This magazine, one of few German pieces in the collection, is here because it is a perfect example of the similarity between the two brands of totalitarianism – Soviet and Fascist.  The frontispiece of this ‘fascist’ magazine shows a typically ‘socialist’ call-to-arms of women, who are depicted driving tractors (a great Soviet obsession) and working on engines.  It reads:

The same load on all shoulders!

The same thought in all hearts!

The order of the hour is: all reserves of power must be made available for the achievement of the final victory.  Front and homeland, Wehrmacht and armaments factories require an outstanding and extreme effort from everyone.  Women too – if you haven’t already grasped it – line up and do the work that until now was done by men.

Flying Bombs sent against London

Flying bombs strike against England

Flying bombs strike against England

By the time this magazine was published, August 1944, the invasion of Western Europe by the Americans, British and their Allies was becoming consolidated in Northern France.  The Red Army had taken Brest-Litovsk, the scene of the Russian surrender in 1917 and had sealed off the Baltic.  

Germany was deploying flying bombs against London as a terror weapon.  Some success in disruption of industry was achieved and several thousand civilian casualties ensued, but there was a problem that did not escape the attention of the Nazi propagandists:  If Germany was using a pilotless weapon system against a city, then civilian casualties would be inevitable.  In turn, this would incite the British and Americans to intensify their area bombing campaign against German civilians.  This magazine shows us a small example of the situation.  On pages 3 and 4 there is a pictorial feature about the use of the flying bombs.  On pages 5 and 6, in justification of the campaign, is a different article, describing London as the ‘Centre of the War Industry’ -

This is worth bombing

This is worth bombing

- It is an excellent 2-page map of London, subtitled ‘Talking Map of the Week’ highlighting how much that city is contributing to the allies’ war effort. It points out all sorts of interesting statistics, such as ’57% of all British furniture’ is produced there.

This fascinating analysis accompanies a map ascribing rather accurate descriptions to various parts of the city.  Hence Woolwich: ‘ Armaments Works’,  Holloway: ‘Prison’, Whitechapel:  ‘Jewish Quarter’, Limehouse: ‘Chinese Quarter’ etc.

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