I came across a collection of election posters for the German centre-right CDU (Merkel's party) starting in 1946 and they provide such an interesting window into modern history. A thread of weird and wonderful posters with translations for non-German speakers:
Your choice: Anarchy, Class War, Denominational War or CDU (1946)
Work, Bread, Shelter: CDU

(1946)
Women: Your vote counts twice. Vote CDU

(1946)
Millions of Germans were forced to flee at the end of WWII as territory changed hands. It was a big, big topic in German politics for a long time. This poster from 1947 makes reference to it.

"Expellees: Your hardship is our hardship. CDU."
Here's your regular reminder that it took Germany decades to accept its territorial losses after WWII, including its border to Poland, the Oder–Neisse line.

"Never Oder–Neisse line. Vote: CDU"

(1947)
Help the Refugees. Vote CDU.

(1948)
Unity of Christians. Against the Red Flood.

(1948)
This poster from 1953 reminds me of some recent Merkel ads. No policies at all, or even prominent reference to the CDU. It just says: "Germany votes Adenauer"
All Paths of Marxism lead to Moscow. Therefore: CDU.

(1953)
These two CDU posters from the 1950s are really something. The Adenauer poster says: "No Experiments!" The Erhard poster: "Prosperity For All"
Khrushchev Demands: Topple Adenauer. Now even more so CDU.

(1961)
Out of Love for Germany: CDU

(1976)
Helmut Kohl: The man you can trust. CDU.

(1976)
Helmut Kohl: We want Europe

(1977)
Chancellor for Germany

(1990)
Economic Growth made by Schröder. Last in Europe.

(2002)
A New Beginning

(2005)
Chancellor for Germany

(2013)
Apologies for the length of the thread, I got a bit carried away. Hope it was interesting for some of you. /end

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