Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 552b
Held at: Wiener Library
Title: 'Kraft durch Freude' festival: various papers (microfilm)
Level of description: collection
Extent: 87 frames
Name of creator(s): Kraft durch Freude
The NS Gemeinschaft Kraft durch Freude, the National Socialist Organisation Strength through Joy, came under the aegis of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, the national German labour organization. All members of the DAF were also members of the KdF, and as basically any worker was a part of the DAF, so too were they in the Kraft durch Freude. The KdF was essentially designed for the purpose of providing organised leisure for the German work force. The DAF calculated that the work year contained 8,760 hours of which only 2,100 were spent working, 2,920 hours spent sleeping, leaving 3,740 hours of free time. Thus the driving concept behind the KdF was organised 'relaxation for the collection of strength for more work.'
The KdF strived to achieve this goal of organised leisure by providing activities such as trips, cruises, concerts, and cultural activities for German workers. These events were specifically directed towards the working class, and it was through the KdF that the NSDAP hoped to bring to the 'common man' the pleasures once reserved only for the rich.
Scope and content/abstract:
Photographs, programmes and other papers regarding the Kraft durch Freude festival, Hamburg, Germany, 1937.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: German
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Conditions governing reproduction:
Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.
Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Jewish Central Information Office
Existence and location of originals:
Wiener Collection, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Existence and location of copies:
Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: October 2007