Six WHW (Winterhiflswerk) Postcards
Six WHW (Winterhiflswerk) Postcards - One postcard illustrating a factory worker with a sledge hammer slung over his shoulder standing beside an Army infantryman, with a WHW Donation Can and the heading "Kampfen Arbeiten Opfern" (Sacrifice Work Fight) below, with the WHW insignia and inscribed "2.KRIEGS" above the insignia and printed 6+4 Reichspfennig stamp, postmarked "DRESDEN 12.1.1941", addressed and messaged, printed in brown and red inks; five are from the series issued over the winter of 1939-1940 (October, November, December, February, March), each with the WHWinsignia, dated "1938/39" and illustrating individuals of various occupations (a woman harvesting, a woman serving soup, a woman painting badges, a man with a sledge hammer slung over his shoulder, a fisherman, respectively), each with printed 6+4 Reichspfennig stamps, four all postmarked and addressed, two with messages, the fifth card with no writing, printed in brown ink. Each postcard measures 105 mm x 147 mm, extremely fine. Footnote: The Winterhilfswerk (WHW = Winter Help Work) was an annual drive by the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt (the National Socialist People’s Welfare Organization) to help finance charitable work. Its slogan was "None shall starve nor freeze". The drive was originally set up under the government of Heinrich Bruning in 1931, though Hitler would later claim sole credit. It ran from 1933-1945 during the months of October through March, and was designed to provide food, clothing, coal, and other items to less fortunate Germans during the inclement months. As part of the centralization of Nazi Germany, posters urged people to donate rather to give directly to beggars. The "Can Rattlers", as they became known, were relentless in their pursuit of making sure every good German citizen gave their share to the WHW. In fact those who "forgot" to give had their names put in the paper to remind them of their neglect. Neighbours, and even family members were encouraged to whisper the names of shirkers to their block leaders so that they could persuade them to do their duty.