Free German League of Culture - 'Allies Inside Germany' exhibition

Scope and Content

A folded piece of cardboard encloses the material and is marked '1942 / Allies inside Germany / Proofs / German stamps / ph/copies'. Rothholz designed a set of 12 stamps in connection with the exhibition 'Allies Inside Germany', showing various scenes of underground and resistance activity in Germany, with titles such as 'Underground Press', 'Invisible Hands', and 'Soldiers begin to think'. The stamps were produced in sheets, in books, with a cover bearing the title 'Allies Inside Germany Exhibition, showing the underground struggle of the German Anti-Nazis against Hitler'. From details on the verso of the book, it appears that the stamps were sold to raise money for the League.

The folder contains 2 books of stamps, with 4 loose sheets (proof, unperforated and final versions) and 8 b/w photocopies of the designs and the collaged cover. There is also an anti-Hitler collage artwork, on card, depicting Hitler in a coffin, with a skull and bone, a hammer and sickle above him and brief presscuttings.

Folder also contains an invitation for the 1951 1001 Ball, in aid of the Anti-Tuberculosis League of Israel, which may well have been designed by HAR.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Free German League of Culture (Freier Deutscher Kulturbund) was established in 1938 as to bring together Austrian and German refugees in opposition to the German National Socialist government. It became a social and cultural centre for this community for the duration of the Second World War, and aimed to represent alternative viewpoints of the German-speaking peoples to British audiences.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper, paint and ink

Archivist's Note

Created by Sue Breakell

Bibliography

Charmian Brinson 'Politics by other means: the Free German League of Culture 1939-1946 (London, Vallentine Mitchell & Co, 2010)

Geographical Names