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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Klaus Kirchner collection
    Dates: 1941-1945
    Collection Number: 2011C59
    Collector: Kirchner, Klaus
    Collection Size: 5 manuscript boxes (2.0 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: World War II Soviet propaganda broadsides, leaflets and flyers, aimed at German troops and the German population.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: German

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Klaus Kirchner collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2011.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Dr. Klaus Kirchner, a collector of propaganda, is based in Erlangen, Germany. Kirchner created a comprehensively illustrated set of reference books on World War II leaflets, flyers, pamphlets, and broadsides which was published from 1972 to 2009.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The material in this collection is from Klaus Kirchner's "Soviet Central Series." It consists of World War II Soviet propaganda broadsides, leaflets, and flyers aimed at German troops and the German population. Kirchner wrote the following as an explanatory note for the collection: "The Soviet Government started to produce and disseminate aerial propaganda leaflets for Germans on June 22, 1941, the day the German Wehrmacht invaded Russia. The leaflet campaign of the 'Soviet Central Series' continued to the very last day of World War II, May 8, 1945."
    All propaganda pamphlets are numbered; the pamphlet number is placed prominently at the beginning of each entry. Materials are organized by the same numerical system Kircher used in his published works. Only those numbers listed are found in the collection.
    Kirchner's organizational system, translations, text selection, and notes have retained his original description. A key to the item descriptions, including number, first words printed, date, size, preservation grade, means of distribution, and description/translation, begins the container list.
    Many of the items are listed or illustrated in Kirchner's books. For more details and reproductions of some "Soviet Central Series" leaflets, see Kirchner's Flugblätter aus der UdSSR, Juni-August 1941 (vol. 8), Flugblätter aus der UdSSR, September-Dezember 1941 (vol. 9), and Flugblätter aus der UdSSR: Gesamtverzeichnis der strategischen Serie: Bibliographie (vol. 14).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
    Propaganda, Russian.