Paul Haase, brought from Berlin to Flensburg during the plebiscite campaign in Zone 2, designed this 'Knight poster' based on Albrecht Dürer's engraving, 'Knight, Death and the Devil', which at the time would have been familiar to any child at school. At a time seemingly filled with endless problems, the Knight was a symbol of German loyalty and endurance. This poster, done in a murky style with broad swathes of colour, is clearly very different from the far more appealing aquarelle type style of Danish posters. The grim, black Knight raises his (almost too large) right hand to swear an oath and admonish people to stand guard around 'the inheritance of the forefathers'. In his mailed and clenched left fist he bears a Schleswig-Holstein flag over his shoulder. To complement the visual statement, Haase chose a text which reproduced 'Eden' from Friedrich Schiller's drama 'Wilhelm Tell', though adapted to the purpose at hand. The artist replaced the word 'free' with 'German', and had no reason to fear that he might be misunderstood, since Schiller's drama, and especially the text of 'Eden', was familiar to all Germans at that time. Both the Knight and swearing of the oath were central symbols in the German national consciousness. Danish-minded people did not understand the poster, and indeed found it threatening. The Knight was popularly called 'Scourge of the Danes'. German plebiscite poster, drawn by Paul Haase. No. of copies unknown. 80 x 57 cm.