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  • 1919
The Saar is German

Always German

The Versailles Treaty permitted France to occupy the Saar for fifteen years, after which a plebescite would determine the future of the area. From the start, however, German patriots issued posters such as this to stress that the area was and would always remain German.

The French authorities nationalized the industries, confiscated German businesses, and founded French schools and institutions. In response, posters of this, showing three hands, raised in the traditional gesture of taking an oath, appear to rise above the chains which seem to hold the Saar from being German.

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