Propaganda Posters


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April 1919


Do not Strangle your young Freedom

with Disorders and Civil War

Otherwise your children will starve!


In the late spring of 1919, while the Weimar Assembly was deliberating the constitution, unrest continued to sweep the country. Surprisingly, the most successful of these was in conservative and Catholic Bavaria, where a Soviet Republic had been proclaimed.

This extremely effective poster was issued by the government to stop such developments, which authorities believed would not only destroy the economy but weaken Germany's negotiating position with the Allies.

The graphic success of this poster comes from the gesture of "young freedom" who in his zeal for socialism grabs the flag so tightly that he threatens to choke it off. Rather than flying high, the flag drags on the ground and seems to be in danger of ripping.


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