London, Apr 15 (ANI): A collection of Nazi women's magazines featuring knitting patterns, fashion advice, and at the same time blaming the British for WWII are set to be auctioned.
The Frauen Warte, literally translated as Women Wait, had been designed for German housewives.
However, on closer inspection, they were discovered to contain a more sinister purpose.
The magazines featured a number of celebrities, including leading Nazi Hermann Goering, and had stories on home economics and fashion news mixed with those about Britain's culpability in the devastating conflict.
The Frauen Warte, which ran from 1935 to 1945 and was the Nazi Party's biweekly-illustrated magazine for women, had a circulation of nearly two million at its peak.
Now, a total of 65 editions will go under the hammer on April 23 at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire as part of an auction held by Mullocks Auctioneers.
It was compiled by an English collector from sales in Germany, and will be auctioned together with Boys Own-style magazines aimed at schoolboys extolling the virtues of shooting down English aircraft and blowing up English ships.
"As you turn through these pages you get an incredibly creepy feeling about these magazines as you realise they are not what they appear to be," the Telegraph quoted the firm's historical documents expert Richard Westwood-Brookes as saying.
"It shows the Nazi machine was so well-oiled it infiltrated every single area of human society.
"It's a frighteningly cunning way to get everyone thinking along the same lines, women would get together to talk about things and this would be how these messages spread," he added.
The women's magazines have a guide price of between 500 pounds and 700 pounds. (ANI)