The Universal Translator – Red Skull: Incarnate #5 (January 2012)

While Johann Schmidt, the future Red Skull, is speaking to his former commanding officer in the Sturmabteilung (Storm Detachment) in this issue, we catch a partial glimpse of a frayed poster on a nearby wall.


Given the meticulous research that went into this miniseries, it should come as no surprise that this is a reproduction of an actual Nazi propaganda poster from early 1933:


While Adolf Hitler certainly needs no introduction, the man to the left of him is Paul von Hindenburg, a Prussian-German military veteran and then-President of the Weimar Republic. The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) has the following to say about its place in history:

Election Poster of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party)
Munich, 1933
117.5 cm x 83 cm
DHM, Berlin
P 62/260

In spite of all the political differences between Adolf Hitler and the President of the Reich, Paul von Hindenburg – who was also very popular with the supporters of other parties – National Socialist propaganda co-opted the “Hero of Tannenberg” for itself after January 30, 1933. For the Reichstag election of March 5, 1933, the NSDAP advertised with a portrait of both politicians in order to enhance Hitler’s reputation in conservative German National circles and demonstrate “national unity”. The quote comes from the poem “Spring Greetings to the Fatherland” by poet Max von Schenkendorf (1783-1817), who voluntarily took part in the War of Liberation against Napoleon.

While the meaning of “Nationalsozialisten” (“National Socialists”) is self-evident, the line “Nimmer wird das Reich zerstöret – wenn ihr einig seid und treu.” translates into English as “The empire will never be destroyed if you’re united and loyal.”

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