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Wanted poster for Hitler

4 September 1939

Wanted poster for Hitler

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    This front page of the Daily Mirror from 1939 is presented as a 'WANTED' poster for Adolf Hitler - the 'reckless criminal ... wanted - dead or alive'. The newspaper appeared on 4 September 1939, just one day after Britain and France declared war on Germany. The British press had the difficult task of reporting the news of war to its readers.

     

    Using a 'Wanted' poster layout, the journalist cast the Nazi dictator as a classic Wild West criminal. This was powerful propaganda. The intention was to present Hitler as the common enemy, and to strengthen the resolve of the country against him. This format has been popular with newspapers ever since, and was used by The Times to cover the global search for Osama Bin Laden in 2001.

     

    Image Copyright: John Frost Newspapers.

    Shelfmark: British Library Newspaper Archive.

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