PAIR OF WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN MEDALS RELATING TO THE 1935 SAAR REFERENDUM

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Bronze medal meas. approx. 1.50 inches across.

The obverse shows a male figure with upraised arm holding hands with a female figure armed with a sword representing Germany. The figures stand above a date of JANUARY 13, 1935 and are surrounded by a phrase that reads “WIR WOLLEN HEIM ZUM REICH VOLKSABSTIMMUNG IM SAAR GEBIET” loosely translated means “WE WANT A HOME IN THE REICH VOTE IN THE SAAR TERRITORY POLL.”

The reverse depicts a split rock with a raised hand at center casting a vote. It is surrounded by “SCHWÖRT UND SPRECHT RECHT BLEIBT RECHT WAHR BLEIBT WAHR DEUTSCH DIE SAAR” or “WE SWEAR RIGHT IS RIGHT. THE TRUTH IS THE SAAR IS GERMAN.”

The second medal measures the same in size as the one above. It has a standing peasant figure at center of the obverse surrounded by “DEUTSCH DIE SAAR IMMERDAR” or “THE SAAR IS GERMAN FOREVER”

The reverse has a map of the Saar surrounded by “VOLKSABSTIMMUN IN SAARGEBIET” or “REFERENDUM IN THE SAAR REGION 13.1.1935”

On January 13, 1935 a referendum was held on the territorial status of the Territory of the Saar Basin. Over 90% of voters opted for reunification with Germany, with 9% voting for the status quo as a League of Nations mandate territory and less than 0.5% opting for unification with France.   [ad] [ph:L]

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