KdF-Wagen advertisement

KdF-Wagen advertisement

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KdF-Wagen advertisement

Title: KdF-Wagen advertisement
Pixel Artist: Vasily_Kukushkin  (Level 4 Deputy :: 1689 points)
Posted: 7/12/2019 12:29
Statistics:  8 comments    10 faves    0 avatars

After the victory, KdF-Wagen quickly became the most popular car in the Europe and America, because of its low cost and good driving characteristics.
This is one type of advertisement, which was published in Germany.
As always - please comment and ask, if you want, it's my pleasure to answer.


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Vasily_Kukushkin (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/14/2019 05:48
Thank you, I'll be putting a disclaimer on all my coming works! 
Yes, all my little arts are depicting exactly what you wrote - "what if" scenario, alternative universe, if you prefer, which I'm trying to expand and study by drawing different aspects of it.

Adarias (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 7/14/2019 05:32

I'm tentatively approving this.  Lots of people have an interest in the history of design, as well as various "what if?" scenarios.  This feels much more "Man in the High Castle" than anything else.

Everyone should be aware that works or comments espousing racist ideologies will be removed.

@Vasily_Kukushkin I think you will have a somewhat better time if you include context or disclaimers with each piece; This gallery format isn't always great for constructive dialogue, and once the angry paragraphs start, it's hard to return.

Gecimen (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 7/14/2019 02:47

It's none of our business if a member is sympathetic to any ideology unless he posts an offensive piece of art or says something offensive on our forums or to members through PMs.

I don't think this piece in itself is offensive, but still, let me remind; if a piece of art (or its written description) mocks with and/or shows sympathy to crime (including mass murder) or is racist, we will send it back.

MicmasH (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 7/13/2019 13:34

I was wondering what it was about too. And it's not really about political correctness. Politics change over time, but it will always be wrong to kill people, no matter what politicians say. But hey, I assumed you were simply interested in German culture and not the pure evil that Hitler was.

Maybe you could do some American or British wartime posters? That would be neat :)

And thank you Cure. I've seen some videos where people ask kids on the street who Hitler is and they can't even answer. They don't even know who he is! How are we supposed to keep from repeating these same mistakes if young people like me aren't even taught about it in school!?

Vasily_Kukushkin (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/13/2019 09:40

I afraid that I made some grammatical mistake, so you understood me quite in opposite way, than I wanted to express myself (English is not my primary language, I'm frequently use translator for answers)

Of course I'm NOT some kind of hater/ bigot/nazi/white supremacist/holocaust denier/fascist - which means I'm not sympathetic to these things and ideas at all. Just making pixel-art for pure joy and for people, who also like this style with no political intention or propaganda whatsoever.

Hope that will take off any uncertainty about my political correctness. 
P.S. Added this information in my bio, so everyone will know that.

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 7/13/2019 09:07

My interest in this period in German history lies in the fact, that I... lets put it that way - that I like this time and its aesthetics.

Let's be a little more direct here. The time was pretty terrible- the Nazis (and other fascists) were some of the most inhumane people in human history, responsible for the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians, as well as millions of dead Jews and other minorities in the Holocaust. If it's merely a fascination with their aesthetic, then I get it, but it needs to be handled carefully because that aesthetic isn't something that just "looks cool"- it's an aesthetic that is inexoribly tied to racism, hatred, and genocide.

A bigger question, which you haven't addressed: Are you sympathetic to Nazi ideology or fascism more generally?

Vasily_Kukushkin (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/13/2019 03:40

Yes, the KdF-Wagen was commissioned by Hitler himself, because he believed, that people should have a cheap and at the same time - modern automobile. He even set the price for the car (not more than 1000 RM) and gave it a name - Volkswagen (People's car).

The final price of an auto was 990 Reichsmarks. The average monthly wage of a german worker was 150-200 Reichsmarks at the moment. So, basicaly, the price of a car was a 6-month wage for an average german (and I'm even not talk about families, where wife also worked).
Isn't it already cheap? Nowadays you unlikely to find something like this anywhere.
But it stil was too high, on Hitler opinion, so the prepayment system occured. The family, which wanted to buy KdF-Wagen needed to pay 5 Reichmarks every week and at the summ of 750 Reichmarks it  would gain the automobile  - the last 240 Reicmarks would be payed by governement.
Actually, there is info about the design of a car was made by Hitler and proposed to the head of Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin. And knowing about his art skills I wouldn't be surprised if it is really so.
My interest in this period in German history lies in the fact, that I... lets put it that way - that I like this time and its aesthetics.
Thank you for your question, hope that answer will help! 

MicmasH (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 7/12/2019 14:53

Kraft durch Freude Wagen - Strength through Joy car. I remember this because I was obsessed with Volkswagens (so beatiful and simple at the same time!). Got a book and was surprised that the Volkswagen was commissioned by Hitler. However, it was really Ferdinand Porsche that was doing the whole thing. Funny how Porsche is behind both off the most recognized brands in history- Volkswagen, the dorky joke car, and Porsche, the cool kids vehicle that you only dreamed about in college. Anyway, Porsche was trying to stay out of Hitler's politics. from what I read.

I would like to know, what is it that interests you in German history? Is it about your family history, or just something you like?

///\\\(by the way, I love volkswagens, I was just referring to the universal derision of such vehicles in American pop culture as jokes, although most people like them just fine, it seems.)///\\\

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