[Appeal of the Polish President on September 1, 1939] Obywatele Rzeczypospolitej! Ignacy Moscicki, Ignacy Mościcki.
The First Printed Official Communication of the Outbreak of WWII

[Appeal of the Polish President on September 1, 1939] Obywatele Rzeczypospolitej!

[Warsaw]: [S.n.], September 2 1939. Original vintage, printed poster. Text printed in black, coat of arms of Poland in red. Size: ca. 52 × 65 cm. Paper somewhat yellowed. Artistically restored, in fine condition.

The first printed official communication about the German Invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, the official Warsaw-edition. The German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, marked the beginning of World War II, the largest military conflict in human history, which stretched for six years and cost 60 million lives. The decisive assault of the German army was commenced at 4:45 a.m. when the Schleswig-Holstein battleship opened fire at Westerplatte in the Free City of Danzig (Gdańsk). At 6:30 the Polish Radio broadcasted the recorded message “A więc wojna” (So war it is), while Ignacy Mościcki, President of Poland formulated his appeal, and issued in placard from, to post it on the walls of the Polish cities immediately, as the first official printed communication about the outbreak of the war.

In his appeal or proclamation, Mościcki informs the people about the German military offensive against Poland, urges them to defend the freedom and independence of the country, to stand united with the Army, and promises a decent military response. An extremely scarce and important memento of the twentieth century.

Despite its importance and the relatively large number of reproductions, we could trace only two copies of this, the official Warsaw-edition in institutional holdings, both held at the Polish National Library.

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Price: €60,000.00

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