[AN ANTI-STALINIST POSTER FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE USSR] Plakat «Trudolyubivomu krest’yaninu - svoya zemlya!» [i.e. Poster ‘Own Land to Hard Working Peasant!’]
Agrar-Wandzeitung/Russ, 1942. 1 p. 83,5х59,5 cm. Two minor tears in the bottom right corner and on the left margin. Otherwise near fine.
A scarce anti-Stalinist poster promoting the agricultural policy ‘The New Land Order’ in Nazi-occupied territories of the Soviet Union. The poster includes two color illustrations of Soviet peasants and a caricature of Stalin. It also contains texts about the essence and benefits of ‘The New Land Order’. The texts emphasize the criminal nature of Stalin’s rule and christen the new agricultural policy as the only way to defeat the injustice of the Soviet regime. Most likely, the poster was printed in 1942 in Nazi-controlled territory of the Soviet Union.
By 1942, Nazi Germany had occupied significant parts of the USSR, including parts of Poland and Ukraine, the western part of Belarus, etc. ‘The New Land Order’ was adopted by Adolf Hitler on February 15, 1942, and was based on the proposal of O. Schiller, a specialist in Soviet agriculture. The agricultural reform, developed to abolish the kolkhoz system and transfer kolkhoz lands into personal peasant ownership, was widely considered one of the German economic policy's most powerful propaganda themes. The division of lands began in the spring of 1942. The work was carried out under the supervision of the land management department at the agricultural branch of the Sever [i.e. The North] economic inspection. The remuneration of land surveyors was assigned to rural residents, and the wages were calculated at the rate of 20 rubles for each ‘land-managed’ hectare. According to the reports of land surveyors, by August 1, 1942, in seven counties - Pskov, Ostrovsky, Porkhov, Gdovsky, Luga, Opochetsky, and Krasnogvardeisky - the division of lands was completed by 51%. This short-lived agricultural policy ended when the USSR regained control over the German-occupied territories.
Overall, an extremely rare document of the time.
No copies found in Worldcat.