Hungarian announcements from the First World War | europeana

Hungarian announcements from the First World War | europeana

In 1915, the Hofbibliothek (or Imperial Library; today known as the Austrian National Library) began to create its war collection. Since it had good links with the library of the Hungarian National Museum, it is not very surprising that the War Collection of the Austrian National Library possesses, amongst other things, 1,135 Hungarian First World War announcements.

The announcements tell us on the one hand about medical examinations, conscription, military drafts, desertion and military successes and on the other hand about life in the provinces.

The text posters from this collection were – like all posters – an important means of propaganda. The texts are strewn with patriotic slogans and phrases and impart a non-critical enthusiasm about the war ignoring its reality and bestiality. In spite of the non-critical patriotic tone,  the posters have a very high informational value and provide a valuable source for information about the First World War.

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