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Very rare Nazi-propaganda edition of the German novel Der Wehrwolf (Werewolf or Warwolf) by Hermann Loens (1886-1971) ‘Aus der Bauernchronik Der Wehrwolf von Hermann Lons – Eine Holzschnittfolge von Hans Pape’, 1942, Eugen Diederichs Verlag, Jena. Printed in Fraktur, 44 pages, 5 x 7 inches. This edition features seventeen woodcuts by German artist Hans Pape. Although already published in 1910, Der Wehrwolf became a bestseller three decades later in Nazi Germany. It was widely used for the purposes of Nazi propaganda because of its nationalist content. Near the end of the Second World War, young Flakhelfer and children in the Hitler Youth were encouraged to read the novel to promote guerrilla warfare against the Allies. Signed dedication by Admiralarzt Karl Eyrich (1886-1971) has been added to the front endpaper ‘Happy Holidays wishes the chief doctor Bergen Op Zoom (Netherlands) war christmas 1943.’ A large Wolfsangel adorns the cover.