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Counterfeit Nazi Stamp

Artifact Details

A rectangular postage stamp with a red background and white text. The image is a side profile of Adolf Hitler with a skeletal face.

Black propaganda, such as these stamps, were designed to undermine enemy morale and encourage resistance to the Axis powers.

Within OSS, Morale Operations was responsible for developing ways to demoralize the Nazis. One such effort was the design and printing of counterfeit German postage stamps that featured a skeletal version of Hitler’s face.  The idea was to put them on letters and insert the letters into the German postal system.

Artifact Specs

Framed: 21.6 cm x 19.4 cm x 4 cm

(L x W x H)

Single Stamp: 2.9 cm x 2.2 cm

(L x W)

Additional Photos

A modified stamp of Hitler with a skeletal face. The original stamps are framed alongside the modified one.

Learn More

Official OSS Exhibition Catalogue

The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency