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Sale of Nazi housewife magazines

NS Frauen Warte (pic: Mullock's)
The magazine was published from 1935 to 1945: pic Mullock's

A collection of the official women's magazine of the Nazis could fetch up to £700 when it goes up for sale at an auction next week.

The magazine, called NS Frauen Warte, aimed at the German housewife during World War II, gives recipes, knitting patterns and other household tips.

Several of the magazines will feature in a lot being put up for sale by Shropshire auctioneers Mullock's.

Experts said the collection could fetch between £500 and £700.

Richard Westwood-Brookes, from Mullock's, said it was "everything you'd expect a woman's magazine to have and more".

'Battle scenes'

He added: "[You see] nice articles about what women are doing in their groups and things like that.

"Then you turn the page and then you find there [a] banner-waving Nazi soldier with a big headline saying 'would you have your daughter marry a Jewish man?'"

It was a fortnightly publication and ran from 1935 to 1945, Mr Westwood-Brookes added.

He said the publication's idea was to provide a "subtle stream of propaganda information to women".

Mullock's also has a collection of boys' magazines from the 1930s, which are "fairly unsubtle" and include "lots of battle scenes", Mr Westwood-Brookes said.

He expects those to make about £200.

Mr Westwood-Brookes said: "The way in which the propaganda machine worked, it went to everybody right the way down to almost babes in arms."

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