The High Style of Nazi Propaganda
1925-1930

 

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  • 1929
Young Plan Germany

This is another Nazi poster published for the December 1929 plebiscite seeking nullification of the Reichstag's acceptance of the Young Plan. It shows the "German Michael," an emaciated figure bound to a wall labeled Versailles, with one hand fastened to that wall with a nail called Locarno , referring to Germany's "voluntary" acceptance of the territorial losses in the West by the Treaty of Locarno (1925). Around his neck is a noose called The Dawes Plan, and he is fettered at the bottom with a ball and chain labeled The Young Plan.

The figure has been the subject of repeated knife attacks, each bearing the name of "summit" conferences at which the reparations payments were imposed: Geneva, London, Thoiré, and Paris. His heart has been pierced by a knife called blind hatred, his leg by an ax called foreign policy, and his stomach by the lance of unemployment. At his feet lie instruments of torture called Prohibitions and Law for the Protection of the Republic.

Despite all these past sufferings, the figure is now being bled into a bucket called Reparations. The caption at the bottom is a statement by the person doing this last assault:

Carry on, he can still take it!

The tormentor is of course an overweight Jew, but he is supported by the three political partners of the Weimar Coalition: The Socialists (SPD), Center [Catholic} and Democratic parties. The implication is straightforward: The Young Plan is another assault on Germany, carried out by Jews, but with the full cooperation of the "November Criminals."

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