Sunday, February 14, 2016

German Soldier Bandaging his Wrist (1940)

Title: Nach dem Kampf (After the battle)
Artist: Ernst Kretschmann
Date: 1940

This original poster from 1940 depicts a brave German soldier, aware of his duty, who is bandaging his wrist. In the distance is the chaos of the battle field: smoking ruins and canons. On the backside of this period print is adhered the newspaper “Vossische Zeitung” from 1933. The leading article concerns the Reichtag fire which happened only a day earlier. Vossische Zeitung, founded in 1704, was a Berlin-based liberal newspaper. In 1934, a year after this edition, Vossische Zeitung was forced by the Nazis to close down. The Reichstag fire (27 February 1933) was an arson attack on the Reichstag building in Berlin that occurred on 27 February 1933. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany. The fire was used by the Nazis as evidence that the Communists were beginning a plot against the German government. Suspending civil liberties, the government instituted mass arrests of Communists, including all of the Communist parliamentary delegates. With their bitter rivals the Communists gone and their seats empty, the National Socialist Party went from being merely a plurality party to the majority. The poster is signed “EK 40, Nach dem Kampf” (partially under the frame).

Ernst Kretschmann (1897–1942) was a German illustrator, graphic designer and SA-Truppführer (Nazi storm trooper with the rank of sergeant first class). In 1912 the son of a railroad worker studied at the Architektenschule in Mainz. In 1915 Kretschmann voluntarily joined the army. As part of a Stosstrupp he took part in 34 battles and was wounded at Verdun. From 1921 to 1931 he made study trips within Europe and to Morocco, Spanish-East Africa and the Canary Islands. In this time, as a self taught graphic artist, he made many illustrations for the fashion industry. As an employee of the magazines ‘Die SA’ and ‘Der SA-Führer’, Kretschamnn made many propaganda illustrations for the National Socialists. In the Great German Art Exhibitions Kretschmann was represented -until his death- with four works. As a SA-Truppführer from a propaganda company he fell in 1942 at the Eastfront.

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