Englands Schuld [England’s Shame]


Nazi propaganda lambasting the colonial empire of the British.

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This wildly offensive image was published as the color pictorial wrappers to a special 1939 edition of the Illustrierter Beobachter, which heavily criticized England for its treatment of subjects overseas and domestically, including Jews. The front cover features a stereotypical English explorer carrying a whip and lounging on a sedan chair carried aloft by racial representations of each corner of the British Empire.

The sheet unfolds to present a large map of England and neutral Ireland created by the Bibliographischen Instituts in Leipzig. The verso of the sheet includes a map of the North Sea with concentric circles indicating distance by air from the German coast (no doubt to highlight the proximity to Luftwaffe bombers). A second map presents the world on Mercator’s Projection and uses bright colors to compare the gigantic colonial empires of France and England to the modest overseas holdings of the German Empire.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1939

Author: Illustrierter Beobachter

Sheet Width (in): 21.75

Sheet Height (in): 29.40

Condition: B

Condition Description: Moderate wear along original fold lines, including several spots of breakage which has been repaired and reinforced with archival tape. The map of the north sea features several areas where the sheet is beginning to curl away from the tape along the fold lines. Remains in fair to good condition, given it's age and use.


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