Auction 102

Lot 147:

1939 GERMANY WARNS THE RESISTANCE OF BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA

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Rare German broadside issuing a threatening warning to the citizens, essentially directed at the resistance fighters, of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and informing them of gruesome consequences of non-compliance with the regulations. In part: ‘By creating the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, the Fuhrer and Reichskanzler took these lands under his protection…Public life and economy of the Protectorate are a part of the entire public life of the Reich and of the entire economy. The current situation demands the unification of all forces…Therefore, the population of the Protectorate receives a serious and urgent warning: … Every act of sabotage against the interests of the German Reich, the German administration in the Protectorate, and the German armed forces (Wehrmacht) will be traced and persecuted with the strictest measures…’ Such acts of sabotage are defined as ‘all disturbances of public life and economy, especially damaging vital establishments such as railroad, communications system, weapon factories, electric system, gas plants, factories…’ as well as ‘withholding goods, price gouging, spreading rumors orally and in writing.’ The poster is dated Prague, October 1939, printed on red paper in German and Czech, approx. 37 x 25 inches, and signed in print by the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia Konstantin von Neurath (1873 – 1956) who was succeeded by Reinhard Heydrich in March 1939. Folds, else very good.

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