Erler Help Us Win!  1917.



Fritz Erler Help Us Win!  1917. A veteran’s vacant stare reflects the trauma of the trench warfare he has endured. After visiting the front, the artist was haunted by the chalky faces of the exhausted soldiers whose lives were in constant danger. Realizing its propaganda value, the German high command selected this powerful image for field postcards.  A subtle but telling detail are the small crosses in the soldier’s eyes. This is exactly the sort of World War I poster Hitler despised as “too sensitive.”  22×16 near mint, conservation backed.

Bibliography: Bohrmann 27, Darracott 9, Darracott & Loftus 25, Paret 58, Rawls 38.