2. August 2014 – 19. October 2014
With the outbreak of the First World War, patriotic propaganda began to accumulate in toys and especially in parlour games. The national wave of war glorification was accompanied by publishers of games, children's and young people's books and the toy industry. What was needed was the spreading of confidence in victory, a picture of the absolute superiority of Germany and its allies and the trivialisation of the fighting. The share of war toys and war games within toy sales increased with the beginning of the First World War. The war or its mobilisation and the militarisation of everyday life are accordingly reflected in the presentation and content of many games.
What was bloodily serious on the battlefields of the First World War could be played safely at home with the family at the same time, hopefully to emerge victorious. Board and card games, among other things, were intended to stir up and keep alive the enthusiasm for war on the home front. Children's picture books, magic lantern picture strips, puzzles, cut-out sheets, quartets, construction kits, but also games for soldiers – the many different games presented in the exhibition all date from shortly before or during the First World War.
"If your father or brother tells you about the battles and victories of our good soldiers, I am sure you all wish to experience the joy of battle and victory, but also the suffering and privations of a warrior. In this game your wish will be fulfilled.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.
Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur
Museum für Sepulkralkultur
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
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