| || |
Book cover for Heinrich Hoffmann (Editor) & Josef Bürckel (Foreword) Hitler holt die Saar heim (Berlin: Zeitgeschichte-Verlag, 1938)
Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Stock id: #28835
First edition (1. bis 25. Tausend). Quarto. Unpaginated [64pp]. Original pictorial wrappers over softcover. Stunning photographic work by Hitler's personal photographer on the return of the Saar region to Germany. With 88 spectacular full-page and half-page photos, this book tells the story of this important event which was highlighted as a tremendous victory for Hitler by his efficient and powerful propaganda machine.
About the Saar plebiscite: In 1933, a considerable number of political opponents of National Socialism moved to the Saar, as it was the only part of Germany that remained under foreign occupation following the First World War. As a result, anti-Nazi groups agitated for the Saarland to remain under British and French occupation under a League of Nations mandate. However, with most of the population being German, the mandate was unpopular. A plebiscite was held in the territory on 13 January 1935. With Adolf Hitler anxious for the propaganda advantages of the return of the Saar to Germany, Joseph Goebbels designed a concerted campaign to sway voters. The support of the local Catholic authorities for a return also helped, as did concerns about Bolshevism, against which Hitler was seen as a bulwark. With a voter participation of 98%, the result of the plebiscite was that the overwhelming majority, 90.73%, voted to re-join the German Reich, with only 8.86% wanting to retain the status quo. A third option of joining France received 0.41% of the vote. Following the vote, Hitler announced that Germany "had no further territorial demands to make of France."