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Annexation! An illustrated Dutch booklet calling for the annexation of German territories to the Netherlands as compensation for the damage caused by the war. Amsterdam, 1945

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Onze Schulden Zijn Hun Schuld: Een Prenteboekje Over de Annexatie - "Our Debts are Their Fault: A Picture Book on the Annexation", Published by Elsevier, Amsterdam 1945. Dutch.

Dutch publication calling for the annexation of German territory after WWII. On all pages of the booklet are cartoons illustrating the Netherlands's need for the new territory following the damage caused by the war, including caricatures of the "Next Hitler" with a swastika from which to defend in advance, the protest of the "Hitler's successors in Berlin", a Nazi frog and the inscription: "Since you cannot pluck the feathers from the frog, we will have to take part of its pasture. Annexation!", the swastika eagle with chopped off wings and the inscription: "Now prune the poor birds, now! now!", a map of "before" and "after" the annexation, and more.

During WWII the Netherlands was occupied after a brief battle by Germany until the end of the war. In the early postwar years the Netherlands repeatedly tried to expand its territory through annexation of German lands according to the Bakker-Schut Plan, to compensate for war damages like the destruction of Rotterdam and Arnhem, and as a defensive buffer zone on the border in case of another world war. At the London Conference in 1949, the Netherlands was allowed to annex territories on a smaller scale. The extensive annexation plans were rejected by the U.S. (a deep annexation that included the city of Cologne, and the evacuation of the entire territory from Germans, except for Lower German speakers, which is close to Dutch), almost all of the annexed territory was returned to Germany in 1963.

[15] p. Very good condition.

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153. Annexation! An illustrated Dutch booklet calling for the annexation of German territories to the Netherlands as compensation for the damage caused by the war. Amsterdam, 1945