The Red Poster - Manouchian Group - February 21, 1944 - The Liberation by the Army of Crime
A fascinating piece of history with this propaganda poster dating from February 21, 1944, issued by the German government occupying Paris at the time. These posters aimed to demonize the French resistance, including the group led by Misaak Manouchian, by presenting them as common criminals. However, they had the opposite effect by strengthening public admiration for these resistance heroes. The poster, marked by the slogan "Liberators? Liberation! By the army of crime" above and below, seeks to discredit the group of Parisian francs-tireurs (FTP) by calling them terrorists. It features an inverted pyramid with portraits of 10 alleged members of the Manouchian group, accompanied by descriptions of their alleged acts (number of attacks and derailments).
Moreover, each man is labeled as Jewish, communist or red, underlining that the accusation goes beyond mere crime, also targeting their religious and political identity. The pyramid points to 6 photos of attacks attributed to the group, and the dominant red testifies to the Nazi hostility towards the resistance.
Features of the poster:
Dimensions: 40 x 25.5 cm
Condition: Excellent general condition (with very slight traces of wear and some crease marks).
This poster is much more than just a collector's item, it is a poignant testimony to the dark era of the Nazi occupation in Paris and the heroic struggle of the resistance fighters. It is a piece of memory and history, a reminder of the importance of resistance and the quest for freedom.
Treat yourself to this unique historical artifact to enrich your collection and honor the courage of those who fought for freedom and justice.