Posters series

Title NoteTitle based on contents of series.
Extent & Medium57 posters
Administrative/Biographical HistoryPeter N. Moogk was born in 1943 in West Chiltington, England, to Canadian parents. The family immigrated to Canada in 1946, arriving on the Norwegian ship Stavangerfjord. Moogk’s father was a Military and Air Attache; his family was stationed at the Canadian Embassy in The Hague from 19541957. Moogk’s mother has some Dutch ancestry in her family history. When Moogk was attending school in the Netherlands, he heard first-hand accounts of the German occupation and, in 1957, attended a Dutch Quaker School at Kasteel Eerde. The school was established in 1934 to provide German Jewish students with an education free of Nazi discrimination. After the German invasion of May 1940, fourteen students from the school were unable to avoid capture and died after deportation. When Moogk was a student at the school, classes were taught primarily in Dutch, with some in English; there were a few Jewish teachers as well as students.

Moogk was married in 1965 to Susan Rosa Tovell, and has three children: Jonathan, Benjamin and Anna. He received a B.A. Hons from the University of Toronto (Trinity) in 1965, and an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto in 1966. He was a student in the French Canada Studies Program at McGill University from 1966-1967, and received a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1973. Moogk is Professor Emeritus (History) at the University of British Columbia; his research interests include the social and cultural history of early French Canada, including Acadia; twentieth-century Canadian military history; and the Second World War. Moogk is the author of four books, most recently, La Nouvelle France: The Making of French Canada (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000), winner of the Heggoy Prize in French Colonial History.
Scope & ContentSeries consists of Second World War-era propaganda posters collected or purchased by Peter N. Moogk. Posters were distributed in the Netherlands in 1940-1946, and depict life in a Nazi-occupied country. Posters advertise the local National Socialists, communal food kitchens during the Hunger Winter, anti-Allied and Soviet propaganda, evacuation of neighbourhoods close to coastal defences, prohibitions against the looting of furnishings and building materials from abandoned or war-damaged houses, threats against those who might sabotage military and transport facilities or attack German troops, benefits for those who volunteered for the Nazis, among other subjects.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer2016.003
LanguageGerman, Dutch
NotePoster inventory is available.

Collection Contents

Collection consists of records gathered or purchased by Peter N. Moogk as a result of his interest in Second World War history. Records document the Holocaust era in Western Europe, primarily the Netherlands under the German occupation government. Collection has been divided into the following series: Photographs (1945; 1981); Posters (1940–1946); Correspondence (1934–1987); Ephemera (1937–1945) and Artefacts (1935–[1945]).