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Reward poster for suspected killers of German security police

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    Reward poster for suspected killers of German security police


    Brief Narrative
    Wanted poster offering a reward for the capture of those responsible for the murder of two German security police in Tournai, Belgium. It was issued by the German military commanders of France, von Stulpnagel, and Belgium and northern France, von Falkenhausen. There are photos and descriptions of the two suspects, Henry Talboom (1919-2005) and Robert Lelong (1919-1941), members of the Belgian resistance group Phalange Blanche. Less than two weeks later, Lelong shot himself rather than be captured; Talboom escaped to Switzerland. Nazi Germany conquered Belgium and France in May-June 1940 and set up occupation governments under the control of a German military administration. Allied forces liberated both regions by September 1944.
    Artwork Title
    10.000 RM. Belohnung! Talboom and Lelong / 200.000 francs de recompense
    Alternate Title
    10.000 Reichsmark reward! Talboom and Lelong / 200.000 francs reward
    publication/distribution:  approximately 1941 November 24
    distribution: Belgium
    distribution: France
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, left column, top, black ink : 10.000 RM. BELOHNUNG! / Nachstehende Bekanntmachung des / Militaerbefehlshabers in Belgien und Nord- / frankreich wird hiermit auch der Bevoel- kerung des besetzten Gebietes von / Frankreich zur Kenntnis gebracht : / Der Militaerbefehlshaber in Frankreich / von STÜLPNAGEL, General der Infanterie / Paris den 24. November 1941 [10,000 Reichsmarks Reward! The following notice from the Military Commander in Belgium and northern France is hereby brought to the knowledge of the population of the occupied territory of France: The Military Commander in France, von Stulpnagel, General of Infantry. Paris, November 24, 1941]
    front, left column, center, black ink : Bekanntmachung / Am 17.9.41, abends, wurden in Tournai in Belgien 2 Beamte der / Deutschen Sicherheitspolizei in Ausübung ihres Dienstes von zunaechst / unbekannt gebliebenen Personen erschossen. / Durch die Deutsche Sicherheitspolizei wurden als Taeter festgestellt : / Baecker Henry TALBOOM / geb am. 3. 12. 19 in Puurs / PERSONENBESCHREIBUNG : / 1,81 m gross, schlanke Figur, / schmales Gesicht, dunkles, leicht- / gelocktes Haar, niedrige Stirn, / dunkle Augen, traegt fast staen- / dig eine Brille, spricht Franzoe- / sisch mit flaemischem Akzent. [Notice, on the evening of September 17, 1941, 2 officers of the German security police were killed in the line of duty in Tournai in Belgium, for the moment, by unknown persons. The perpetrators were ascertained by the German security police/ Baker, Henry Talboom, born December 3, 1991 in Puurs. Physical description: 1.81 meters tall, slim figure, narrow face, dark, slightly curly hair, low forehead, dark eyes, carries glasses almost constantly, speaks French with a Flemish accent.]
    front, right column, image caption, black ink : Mechaniker Robert LELONG geb. am 3. 5. 19 in Ormeignies / PERSONENBESCHREIBUNG: / etwa 1,70 m gross, schlank, schma- / les Gesicht, etwas dunkler Teint, / dunkles nach links gescheiteltes / Haar, kleiner gestutzter Schnurr- / bart. Mechanic, Robert Lelong, born December 3, 1991, in Puurs. Personal description: about 1.70 meters tall, slim, narrow face, slightly darker complexion, dark hair parted to the left, small clipped moustache.]
    front, left column, bottom, black ink : Franzosen! / Auch an Euch ergeht der dringende Appell, die Polizei bei der / Fahndung nach den Gesuchten zu unterstuetzen, zumal es sich bei den / Verbrechen weder um patriotische Taten, noch bei den Taetern / um Patrioten handelt, sondern um kriminelle Elemente, die von / politischen Terroristen gedungen, aus Mordlust, aus niedrigen / Beweggruenden und aus Geldgier die Verbrechen begangen haben. / Sie raubten dabei Geld und Schmucksachen. Jeder anstaendig / gesinnte Franzose wird solche Taten, fuer die Geiseln, in Haft genommen / werden mussten, verabscheuen. Mitteilungen ueber den Aufenthalt der / Gesuchten nimmt jede deutsche oder franzoesische Polizeidienststelle / entgegen. / Alle Angaben werden auf Wunsch vertraulich behandelt. Fuer / Mitteilungen, die zur Ergreifung der Gesuchten fuehren, ist eine / Belohnung von 10.000 RM. (zehntausend) ausgesetzt. [ [People of France! An urgent appeal was also made to you to support the police in the search for the fugitives, especially since in the crimes were neither patriotic deeds, nor were the perpetrators acting as patriots, but were criminal elements, hired by political Terrorists, out of Bloodlust, Base Motives, and greed. / They robbed money and jewelry in the process. Every decent-minded Frenchman will detest such acts, considering that hostages had to be taken into custody. Information concerning the whereabouts of the fugitives is accepted at any German or French police station. /All information will be treated confidentially if requested. A reward of 10,000 Reichsmarks (10,000 RM deferred, is offered for Information that leads to the arrest of the fugitives.]
    front, left column, bottom, black ink : Es wird ausdruecklich darauf hingewiesen, dass derjenige, der den / Gesuchten nach Veroeffentlichung der Bekanntmachung Unterkunft / oder Unterstuetzung irgendwelcher Art gewaehrt, sich strengster / Bestrafung aussetzt. Der Militaerbefehlshaber in Belgien und Nordfrankreich / von FALKENHAUSEN, General der Infanterie [It is expressly noted that whoever gives accommodation or support of any kind to the fugitives after the publication of this notice, will be exposed to the strictest punishment. The Military Commander in Belgium and Northern France, von Falkenhausen, General of Infantry.]

    Physical Details

    French German
    Physical Description
    Text only poster on thin offwhite paper with text printed in black ink against a white background with a red border. There are 2 blocks of identically arranged text on each side of a vertical red line, the left is in German and the right repeats the information in French. Across the center of each text block is a black and white photograph of eahc of the 2 suspects: on the left is a full length photo of a young man, Baker Henry Talboom; on the right is a photo of a young man from the chest up, Mechanic Robert Lelong.
    overall: Height: 31.625 inches (80.328 cm) | Width: 44.000 inches (111.76 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The broadside was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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