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Pro-German propaganda poster warning of threats against France

Object | Accession Number: 1999.160.5

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    Brief Narrative
    Allegorical pro-German propaganda poster depicting France under attack by hostile, foreign elements allied with the Françaises Libres [Free French] movement. France is symbolized by a couple caring for the land, representing the safety and stability of France. They are threatened by three wolves labelled Freemasonry, Jews, and de Gaulle, supported by Lies, a three-headed snake, who seeks to stop the regeneration of France. France was occupied by Nazi Germany from June 1940- fall 1944. The Free French were those who sought to continue the war against Germany even though France had surrendered. Most of these resistance forces were eventually united under General Charles de Gaulle. Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944, and de Gaulle entered in triumph the next day.
    Artwork Title
    Laissez-nous tranquilles!
    Alternate Title
    Leave us in Peace!
    publication/distribution:  1941
    publication: Paris (France)
    distribution: France
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    front, top, red ink : Laissez-nous tranquilles! [Leave us in peace!]
    front, bottom border, printed, black ink : G. MAZEYRIE, IMPRIMEUR. PARIS [G. Mazeyrie, Paris Printer]
    front, bottom right, black ink : Jé
    Printer: G. Mazeyrie Imprimerie

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Photolithographic poster on white paper with an illustration of a man and a woman drawn in black and white, superimposed on a yellow map of France with a rising sunburst with the date 1941. The man stands with his left hand gripping the handle of a spade; his right hand is raised in a fist as he glares at the wolves. The woman kneels on the ground, ready to place a plant in the hole dug by the man. From the left, 3 black wolves lunge at the couple, labelled in French: Franc-Maçonnerie, le Juif, and de Gaulle [Freemasonry, the Jew, de Gaulle.] Beside them is a 3-headed snake poised to strike, labelled: Mensonge [Lie.] The title is printed across the top in red ink and the artist's signature is in the lower right. There is a blue background and an unprinted white border. The paper is lightly discolored and the poster has 3 horizontal and vertical creases from being folded. For more copies of this poster see accession numbers 1998.136.6, 2003.189.13, and 2009.213.1.
    overall: Height: 45.500 inches (115.57 cm) | Width: 31.875 inches (80.963 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999.
    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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