German Stamps / Deutsche Briefmarken
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Reichspost, 1933-1945

With the unification of Germany in 1871, the Reichspost was established as the official German national postal authority. Following the Nazi Party's takeover of the government in 1933, the Reichspost continued to function as a monopoly of the government under the auspices of the Reichspostministerium.

During the 12 years of Nazi rule, Nazi propaganda greatly influenced stamp design. The Hitler head stamp became the stamp for common usage, and a large number of semi-postal stamps were issued to raise funds for various causes.

With the German defeat in 1945, the Reichspost ceased to function. Many local jurisdictions issued local stamps to fill the void, until the various Allied governments controlling occupied Germany implemented their own occupation postal systems.