Kinderbuch: Vater ist im Kriege “Father is at war"

An example of propaganda targeting children

Vater ist im Kriege is a children's book to explain German children the purpose of the First World War. It was written in 1915 as war propaganda. The book presents a story that explains why soldiers wanted to fight, how they experienced war and how the war was fought. One of the characteristics of propaganda is that the creator of the book or poster deliberately leaves information out, puts more emphasis on other information or includes details that from a neutral point of view should not have been included. For example, in this book, the soldiers that fight are always depicted as brave soldiers that do nothing wrong. And above else, the German soldiers will not die in the book. The book handles different aspects of the army. It is a coloured book, written for children and in a language suited for children, with little rhymes and poems that explain the war. This copy of the book has obvious traces of usage.

Acknowledgements: This source collection has been developed by Bjorn Pels with the support of Laura Steenbrink. The source is provided by Europeana 1914-1918.

“Father is at war”

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“Father is at war”

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Dedication page

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Dedication page

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War Volunteer

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War Volunteer

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The Railway

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The Railway

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The Pilot

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The Pilot

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German Horsemen

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German Horsemen

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Storm Troopers

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Storm Troopers

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Artillery

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Artillery

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Our Blue Boys

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Our Blue Boys

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Pioneers

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Pioneers

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Infantry

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Infantry

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Militia in the Trenches

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Militia in the Trenches

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Militia Man

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Militia Man

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Marching Horses with Carriages

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Marching Horses with Carriages

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Engineer Regiment

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Engineer Regiment

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The “Emden”

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The “Emden”

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On Patrol

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On Patrol

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Marching in Enemy Territory

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Marching in Enemy Territory

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Submarine

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Submarine

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Loyal Brother in Arms

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Loyal Brother in Arms

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Zeppelin

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Zeppelin

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Good Samaritan

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Good Samaritan

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Prisoner of Hindenburg

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Prisoner of Hindenburg

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Christmas in the field

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Christmas in the field

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Visiting the hospital

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Visiting the hospital

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