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Western Michigan University Collections

The World War II Propaganda Collections or N.S.D.A.P. (National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei) Collection consists of two separate collections: The Edwin W. Polk Collection and the Howard Mowen Collection which have been integrated to form a single collection of Nazi German and Allies materials. The collection includes partial runs of over 50 newspapers and various types of ephemera.

Financial support for this collection was provided by Dr. Richard Burke. Dr. Burke taught history and shared a deep interest in German history and culture with Dr. Mowen. Dr. Burke also served as an administrator at Western Michigan University for 30 years, retiring in 1994 as the Vice President for Regional Education & Economic Development.

Materials from this collection were utilized by Melissa (Issa) A. Braman, a Honors graduate of the WMU History program, in her research project, How Much Did the Germans Know about the Final Solution?: An Examination of Propaganda in the Third Reich.