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Amazing set of magazines

presented here:
Algeria, Nynorsk (New Norwegian) Vikeblad, Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, a Hebrew(?) magazine, La Revue de Madagascar, Cameroun, La Turquie Kemaliste, USSR in construction, Illustraçião, Cadelp, ....lly Times and Witness Christmas Annual, Valis-Eesti No.1 Almanak 1935, The Passing Show 1932 UK, Kaunas (Lithuania), Morze (Polish: The sea) Numer 6 (128) z 1935, The Trinidadian, Tidens Kvinder (Danish: future women), Dublin Opinion, The Outspan (South African), Jadranska straža (Croatian: Adriatic watcher), Sumatra, Tolnai Világ-lapja (Hungarian: World Journal of Tolnai), Minerva (Albanian), Ceylon Causerie illustrated, a Japanes(?) magazine, Vie à la Campagne (Hachette), Revista la Semana (Brazilian), Domus (Italian?), ..pestry Tyden, L'Asie Nouvelle illustrée (Indo-Chinese, Saigon), Theatis (Greek),
Boabe de Grâu (Romanian: Wheat berries)

BIZ, not AIZ

The German magazine is in fact the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung (BIZ, Pictorial Newspaper of Berlin), rather than the AIZ. Founded in 1891, it was Germany's first mass-distribution newspaper and had a circulation of almost 2 million by 1933/4 by the time Hitler and the National Socialists came to power.

The popular newspaper was taken away from its Jewish owners by the National Socialists during their time in power and used as a propaganda sheet, which probably explains the relatively sycophantic photograph we see on the cover here.

During the NS Party's stewardship of the BIZ, they changed its name from the traditional spelling of "Illustrirte" to the contemporary "Illustrierte", presumably at some point after the edition we can see in the photo.

The original owners regained and sold the business once war and National Socialism ended in 1945.

Hitler on the front page

The Christmas magazine says 1936 on it.

I wonder what this woman is doing with such a diverse number of magazines?

The German magazine 3rd from the top row.

Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung or AIZ (in English, The Workers Pictorial Newspaper) was a weekly German illustrated magazine published between 1924 and 1938 in Berlin and later in Prague. Anti-Fascist and pro-Communist in stance, it was published by Willi Münzenberg and is best remembered for the brilliantly propagandistic photomontages of John Heartfield.

In 1930 began the magazine's association with John Heartfield, whose photomontages savagely attacking both National Socialism and Weimar capitalism became a regular feature. In the years leading up to 1933 the circulation of AIZ reached over one half million. After the seizure of power by Hitler the AIZ went into exile in Prague, continuing until 1938 under editor-in-chief Franz Carl Weiskopf.

The world at your fingertips

A nice selection of magazines, mostly European. If someone recognizes a specific cover we may get a year for this photo; I'll guess c. 1936 - 1939. May dates from around December from the 2 Christmas issues seen.

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