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Rare Early APO Publication

Christlich-Demokratischer Beobachter. Berliner Ausgabe. Parteitagsmeldungen für die Reichshauptstadt. Nr. 3. 1. 11. 1968 [Christian-Democrat Observer. Party Congress News for the Capital of the Reich, nos. 3-5, November 1-4, 1968].

Berlin: ad-hoc-Gruppe CDU-Parteitag, 1968. Three single leaves of DIN A4 (30 × 21.5 cm), offset print in brown ink to rectos and versos. Very good.

Very uncommon set of three early flyers of the German student protest movement and the so-called APO, or extra-parliamentary opposition, which formed beginning in the mid-1960s in Germany. One of the main concerns of protesters was the continuity between the Nazi era and Germany's post-war political landscape: not only were many officials allowed to hold political office, but the methods of police and judicial system were also deemed extremely conservative and repressive. This flyer protests the attitude of the CDU, the conservative Christian-Democratic Union, towards the Vietnam War, using particularly provocative visual means. It poses as a periodical, alluding to the Völkischer Beobachter, the official party press organ of the National-Socialist Party (NSDAP), as well as using brown ink. In the letterhead the party's acronym sits next to the swastika. Evidently this led to arrests among those distributing the flyer; part of the series was reprinted in Agit 883 in September 1969 along with a report on the arrest. As of July 2020, KVK and OCLC only show an incomplete run at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin which comprises nos. 4, 5, 6, and 6.

Book ID: P003839

Price: $350.00