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Heute Volksabstimmung im Saargebiet Slogan Cancellation

Heute Volksabstimmung im Saargebiet Slogan Cancellation
Heute Volksabstimmung im Saargebiet Slogan Cancellation on postcard to Utrecht, Netherlands

Post card depicting Saarbrucken train station
Post card depicting Saarbrucken train station

Heute Volksabstimmung im Saargebiet Slogan Cancellation
Heute Volksabstimmung im Saargebiet Slogan Cancellation on postcard to Utrecht, Netherlands

Post card depicting the old bridge across the Rhine in Saarbrucken
Post card depicting the old bridge across the Saar River in Saarbrucken

Located on the French-German border southeast of Luxembourg, Saar is a center of mining and industry. After World War I it was placed under League of Nations administration with France getting control of its coal mines. In a plebiscite on January 13, 1935 over 90% of the population decided that the region should be reunified with Germany. This plebiscite was marked by an "VOLKSABSTIMMUNG 1935" overprint on sixteen Saar definitive stamps issued on November 1, 1934 and seven semi-postals issued on December 1, 1934. On the day of the referendum, a slogan cancellation reading "Heute Volksabstimmung im Saargebiet" ("Today Referendum in Saar Region") was used as can be seen on the post cards above.

After the plebiscite Saar resumed using German stamps until after World War II. In 1947 a French administration re-introduced separate issues for Saar. Separate issues under German administration continued from 1957 until 1959 when stamps of the Federal Republic of Germany were adopted.

December 1924 news article on the Saar Plebiscite
The Pittsburgh Press article from December 14, 1934 discussing Saar and
the plebiscite scheduled for January 13, 1935 to determine the region's future.


Bibliography

"1935 Saar status referendum." Wikipedia. 22 Jan. 2019. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Web. 18 Feb. 2018.
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1935_Saar_status_referendum.

Miller, Guy V. "Saar Plebiscite To Decide Question A Thousand Battle Between Germany, France Left Unsettled."
     The Pittsburgh Press. 14 Dec. 1934: 2. Print.

"Saar." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Amos Publishing, 2015.


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