Vienna: 1939. Card. This German propaganda postcard measures approximately 4” x 6” and features the official poster of the Great anti-Bolshevik Exhibition) that was held in Vienna in 1939. The illustration shows a skeletonized Russian soldier carrying a rifle and machine gun while advancing across a flaming globe emblazoned with a Star of David, Hammer, and Sickle. The card title reads, “Bolschewismus one Maske” or Bolshevism Unmasked. Very good. Item #009373
The card was sold as an exhibition souvenir. It is franked with a pair of German stamps commemorating the Nazi’s assumption of power. They have been cancelled with the official exhibition postmark. The card is in nice shape.Beginning in 1937 the Nazi’s began to hold annual anti-Bolshevik exhibitions that rotated between large German cities. The exhibitions were focused upon exposing the efforts of the Comintern—i.e., the Communist International—to undermine nations and install communist regimes. This card is from the anti-Bolshevik exhibition that was held at Vienna in February 1939. This was the last of these regularly held shows as later that year, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin signed their infamous non-aggression pact; suddenly and unexpectedly the two totalitarian rivals, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia, became allies.