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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 144

José María Castañé collection of German wartime propaganda flyers in Russian


German wartime propaganda flyers printed in Russian


  • Creation: 1943-1944 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection material is in Russian and Ukrainian

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Includes 59 anti-Soviet, anti-Red Army and anti-Jewish propaganda flyers dropped by the Deutsche Wehrmacht to Soviet soldiers during World War II; flyers printed in Russian (58 items) and Ukrainian (1 item) between 1942 and 1944. Flyers urge Soviet soldiers to surrender; most of them serve as a "passierschein" or, pass valid until the end of the war for an unlimited number of soldiers, commanders and political komissars who will willingly surrender to the German command.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which collection of German propaganda flyers forms one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castane Collection was donated to Harvard University's Houghton Library in 2015.


Arranged alphabetically by headline or title

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé.

Processing Information

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2018 April


Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of German wartime propaganda flyers in Russian, 1942-1944 (MS Russ 144): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 April 20
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Repository Details

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