This is What it Would Be Like for Us in Poland! We Farmers Vote for Germany!


Following the defeat of Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I, the victorious Allies re-established an independent Polish state. Disputes arose between Germany and Poland about the demarcation of borders and the ownership of regions populated by both Poles and Germans. To resolve these disputes, the Allies mandated several popular referenda in which voters were asked to decide whether they wanted to be part of Germany or of Poland. This 1920 poster produced in Berlin was part of the German campaign to convince rural voters to opt for Germany. It shows a farmer who has lost his horse guiding a plow pulled by his wife and child. The text reads: “This is what it would be like for us in Poland! We farmers vote for Germany!” At a time when agriculture was still almost entirely dependent on draft animals for plowing and other tasks, the image of an emaciated family being forced to work the land in this way sent a powerful message to voters. This poster is by Fritz Gottfried Kirchbach (1888–1942), a German artist who created several works warning ethnic Germans about the miseries that awaited them if they became citizens of Poland.

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Rotophot A.G., Berlin


Title in Original Language

So würde es uns bei Polen erehen! Wir Bauern stimmen für Deutschland!

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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 70 x 94 centimeters


Last updated: February 10, 2014