von Hindenburg Proclamation broadside of April 1917 and where Munitions and Factory workers of Berlin were threatened with bread shortages and other consequences if a certain level of production was not achived.
To the munitions workers!
In the west near Arras, on the Aisne and in Champagne, our field gray brothers stand in the most difficult and bloodiest conflict in world history.
Our army needs weapons and munition!
Did you not read Hindenburg's letter?
"He who revels at home, instead of working, takes an unpardonable guilt upon himself. Our field grays must bleed for your guilt!"
Who dares to defy Hindenburg's cry?
A scoundrel, whoever strikes as long as our armies stand before the enemy!
I order herewith that in all kinds of munition plants, courageous men and women band together and clarify to their comrades what the adversity of our time and the future of the Fatherland requires from us all: work and more work, up to the successful end of the war.
These courageous workers should proceed ruthlessly against all those who agitate and provoke to deprive the army of its weapons and mutition. Read Hindenburg's letter again and again, and you will realize where our worst enemies can be found. Not abroad near Arras, on the Aisne, and in Champagne - your field gray brothers and sons will deal with them. Not over in London! Our blue jackets and submarines will thoroughly settle accounts with them. The worst enemies are in our midst - they are the fainthearted, and much worse, those who call to strike. These must be denounced in front of the entire people, these traitors to the Fatherland and to the army. A coward, whoever hearkens to their words. Read in the Imperial Penal Law Book, what § 89 says about treason.
Who dares to not work when Hindenburg commands it?
Hindenburg's letter and this appeal are to be posted in all munition plants, that on a daily basis, all will be mindful of it as an appeal to overcome faintheartedness and to fulfill their duties toward our beloved German Fatherland.
We are not far from the goal. It's a matter of the survival of our people.
With luck, off to work!
The Chief of the Office of War
Berlin, in April 1917.Groener,
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Hindenburg, Paul von
World War I
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