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A propaganda pamphlet depicting a coal thief (‘Kohlenklau’) and inscribed with, ‘Achtung! Kohlenklau stellt deiner Braut nach!’ (‘Attention! The coal thief imitates your bride!’). On the inside, the pamphlet cites an example: ‘Ohne Kohle Keine Knarre’ ‘Without Coal No Gun’, illustrates that coal is required for war time production of a soldier’s entire equipment. This coal thief figure was created by Wilhelm Hohnhausen and his advertising agency Arbeitsgemeinschaft Hohnhausen in Stuttgart to convey that an energy waster is stealing coal from the National community (‘Volksgemeinschaft’). The propaganda campaign began in Germany on December 7, 1942, in order to secure the necessary energy supply for the war machine. The pamphlet contains many illustrations, trifold, six pages, 5.5 x 7 3/4 in. when folded. Three small tears on the bottom.