"National Community"

 

The German "Volksgemeinschaft (national community)

The "Fuehrer" (leader) and the "Volksgemeinschaft" (national community) were the central myths of the Third Reich. In Hitler's world view the Germans were a biological group of people, bound together and unified through the "Bluterbe", the common bloodlines of their forefathers. In order to achieve this inner unity - politically as well as socially - class distinctions, social rank, and group interests were to be shed and the rights of the individual subordinated to the interests of the community and nation. The Volksgemeinschaft ideology was based on the supposedly "revolutionary and modern" racial doctrine. These ideas held that the Germans were the leading people of the "Aryan race", to be respected as the most superior race on earth. Hitler considered the Volksgemeinschaft to be a community with a common history and destiny. It was also a meritocracy, an achievement-oriented society in the service of its imperialistic goals. Only those who belonged to it were to have a share in social and economic progress. Those who could not satisfy the racial, political, and moral norms as well as the performance criteria were expelled - segregated - murdered.

German Labour Front poster
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The German Labour Front
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Postcard for May 1st (Labour Day)
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House bulletin board for Nazi Party announcements
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Mothers' Cross
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Brochure about "Degenerate Music"
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Advertising poster for KdF trips
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Advertising prospectus for the KdF car
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The relief organisation "Mother and Child"
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Poster: Appeal for donations for the relief organisation "Mother and Child"
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Advertising poster for the Hitler Youth
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Political education
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War operation of the Reich Labour Service
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Labels for Concentration Camp prisoners
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