The Propaganda Art of Felix Albrecht


Felix Albrecht is another of these great German graphic artists from the war period whose information on the Internet is very sparse, not to say very difficult to find. Thanks to the work of web sites such as Galleria d’Arte Thule we can get a sketchy glimpse of what the artist’s career was like. Most of the information provided in this biography comes from this particular source. Felix Albrecht was a man who enjoyed a very successful professional life during the last years prior to the rise of the Third Reich in Germany and, of course, during the years the political entity existed as well. Suffice to say that he received a lot of promotions during this period, especially during the 1930s. Though after WWII (judging by the information I have gathered) his career faded away completely, so much so that he never truly recovered, as it was the case with many other German artists who worked actively for the Reich. For his biography here I had to semi-translate most of the information from the original source to make it a bit more intelligible. Bear in mind that there might be some inaccuracies.


Felix Albrecht was born in Darmstadt in July 6, 1900. He was the son of a high school assistant. In 1906 he attended the Volksschule Mittweida in Saxony and then the grammar school in Chemnitz. He served at the Military during the First World War as a volunteer runner in 1917 and 1918, and was discharged in Vienna in 1919 with the rank of sergeant. In 1921 he got his first job as a designer in the automobile factory Moll AG. Oberlichtenau. He married some time later in 1922. In March 5th of the same year he founded the Atelier Albrecht (Albrecht Studio) with the piano maker Hans Seidel. Many of Felix Albrecht’s illustrations are signed with the ‘Atelier Albrecht’ moniker. The association lasted up to January 1, 1924; that was the year in which Albrecht became an engineer. By 1925 he joined the DNVP (German National People’s Party, National-Conservative Party). It was during that period (1925-1927) when he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, finally becoming a graphic artist and an illustrator.

In May 27, 1927 he joined the NSDAP (with card number 62499). Felix Albrecht became the author of many famous campaign posters for the party commissioned by Dr. Goebbels himself. By the beginning of 1930 Albrecht is nominated honour voluntary Sturmführer of the SS. In June 12, 1931 he was promoted SS-Sturmführer and collaborator of the Reichspropagandaleitung of the NSDAP and RFSS as he continued with a very prolific production of posters, postcards and book illustrations including the ubiquitous Deutschland Erwacht – Werden, Kampf und Sieg der NSDAP by Wilfrid Bade and Heinrich Hoffmann. In 1933 Albrecht became official propagandist for the political bureau of the NSDAP. Shortly by that time he was promoted SS-Obersturmführer. In the same year he was appointed member of the House of Literature of the Reichsschrifttumskammer for cinematography.

In 1934 he became a consultant and contributor to the Hauptamt für Volkswohlfahrt of the NSDAP. So much was his production of propaganda items that in his studio at 36 Maybachufer in Berlin he had at his disposal up to twelve graphic designers. In September 9, 1934 Albrecht was promoted SS-Hauptsturmführer. He married for the second time on June 7, 1935 to Erna Friedl, a Berliner who was 18 years younger than Albrecht. With Erna he had a son (Karl) who was born on June 6, 1936. In that same year the old Ateleir Albrecht is incorporated into the Leadership Corps. On July 9, 1944 Albrecht was appointed SS-Hauptsturmführer in the reserve. On November 9, 1944 Albrecht was promoted to SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Waffen-SS in Kraftfahrtechnische Lehranstalt SS (SS-KRL) of Vienna-Schönbrunn. In January 1945, he drew the two sketches for Die Welt stamps.

In late March 1945 he left for Vienna with his family. In May 1945 Albrecht is captured by the Russians and held captive until 1949. Apparently during his captivity the Russian Army used him as a painter to illustrate their own successes in the war’s outcome. By August 1949, he finally managed to return to Berlin with his family.

After the war Albrecht tried to resume, with great difficulties, his career as graphic designer and illustrator. Gone were the days in which he had been one of the most promoted graphic artists in the Reich. So precarious was his financial situation that in 1958 the artist sold some of his private drawings to auction houses, claiming that they were original office work produced in Vienna in 1945 for the printing of stamps. But by 1964 an Attorney General in Berlin accused Albrecht of fraud, stating that all those originals had been sold prior to the deal. As a result Albrecht got a 500 marks fine for administrative offenses.

The last book known featuring Felix Albrecht’s art was Ärmelstreifen: Afrikakorps Burkhard Hering published in 1957. Felix Albrecht died on June 27, 1980 in Schöneberg, Berlin.

Source: The Propaganda Art of Felix Albrecht

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Wünsche, Max, born 20-04-1914 in Kittlitz, Brandenburg, joined an agricultural union in 1928 and for a short time he was employed as an estate manager. In November 1932, at the age of 18, he joined the Hitler Youth. In July 1933, he joined SS organization of the Nazi Party. After officer training at Jüterbog in Brandenburg and Bad Tölz in Bavaria, he became a platoon leader of the 9th Company in the Leibstandarte SS. In October 1938, he was assigned to Adolf Hitler’s bodyguard unit as an orderly officer. In Jan 1940, after an incident in which Albert Bormann was involved Wünsche came back to LSSAH. Albert Bormann was the brother of  Party Chancellery (Parteikanzlei), Martin Bormann. The relationship between Martin and Albert became so caustic that Martin referred to Albert not even by name but as “the man who holds the Führer’s coat”. Albert Bormann died in Munich old age of 86, on 08-04-1989. Wünsche became SS Oberstgruppenführer, Sepp Dietrich’s  adjutant as Obersturmführe in December 1940 and returned to the SS Leibstandarte unit as the platoon company in the 15th Motor Cycle Company and participated in the invasion of the Netherlands  and France. He  participated in the German invasion of the Balkan Peninsula under Sepp Deitrich.

During Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia, he flew reconnaissance flights in a Storch aircraft. In February 1942, he was given command of the Sturmgeschütz Battalion within the Leibstandarte; his battalion was involved in halting several Russian attempts to break through German lines in the following couple of months. On June 1st, he returned to Germany to study at the staff college; upon completion of his studies, he was promoted to the rank of Sturmbannführer. In September 1942, he returned to the Sturmgeschütz Battalion and resumed his role as its commanding offier.

In October, he was given command of a newly formed tank regiment, with which unit he participated in the First Battle of Kharkov at the end of that month. Between 10 and 13-02-1943, his troops broke through Russian encirclement of the 1st SS Reconnaissance Battalion, and then the two battalions jointly defeated the Russian VI Guards Cavalry Corps during the next two days; for this action he was awarded the German Cross in Gold . On 25 February, Wünsche located an enemy force and defeated it on his own initiative, destroying 52 heavy guns and causing 900 casualties, earning him a Knight’s Cross on 28-02-1943.

In June 1943, Wünsche became the commanding officer of the 12th SS Panzer Regiment of the 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” 220px-12SSHJinsig.svg (1) under SS Obergruppenführer, Panzer Meyer stationed in France.

On 07-06-1944, his regiment was engaged in the Battle of Normandy, D-Day destroying 219 Allied tanks over the following month; he was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross for his achievements at Normandy.

 In August, his regiment was trapped in the Falaise, he and two officers, Hauptsturtmfüher Georg Iseke and Untersturmführer Fritz Freitag

attempted to escape the pocket on foot. While they marched on foot, they encountered a enemy outpost where the injured Doctor was taken prisoner while Wünsche got wounded in the calf. Then Isecke became separated and was captured, too. Wünsche’s group was now down to two. Wünsche and Freitag found a German vehicle in good working condition and drove through St. Lambert in plain view of the Canadians that occupied the town. But later that day, while waiting under the cover of bushes for darkness they where captured by Allied soldiers on 24 August. After a day or two he was put in front of Bernard “Monty” Montgomery who very angry explained to Wünsche that he treated the German POWS after the Geneva convention but not the SS who was political scums and worms, and would be treated as that. He was a prisoner of war at Camp 165 for German officers at Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom until the end of the war.
  Max Wünsche was one of the SS men to receive  the Honour Chevron for the Old Guard,  Ehrenwinkel der Alten Kämpfer Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Honour Chevron for the Old Guard, this was a Nazi Party decoration worn by members of the EE. The silver chevron, which was worn on the upper sleeve on the right arm, was authorised by Adolf Hitler in February 1934. All members of the SS, who had joined the Algemeine SS Flag Schutzstaffel.svg , NSDAP or any other party organisation prior to 30 January 1933 were entitled to wear the insignia. Other notable recipients are Adolf Eichmann, Jacob Grimminger, Reinhard Heydrich, Emil Maurice, Julius Schreck and Karl Wolff the adjutant of Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler.

In 1948, Wünsche was released from captivity and returned to Germany. He became a manager of a industrial plant in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany until 1980. He married Ingeborg Dievetz,  she died old age 80 on 14-12-2000 in Munich and they had 5 sons and became a manager of a industrial plant in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, 1980. Wünsche rose from the ashes of nothing to financial security. Wünsche died at the high age of 80, on 17-04-1995

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