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In anticipation of Germany’s election to its parliament (“Reichstag”) in 1920, the communist workers’ party (“Kommunistische Arbeiter-Partei”) and its allies at the general workers’ union (“Allgemeine Arbeiter-Union”) urged German citizens not to vote in upcoming parliamentary elections. The headline, “You should not vote”, is followed by negative explanations of parliament as a mere disguise of capitalism, and ends with the slogans “All power to the councils! Down with parliament. Boycott the elections”.

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Du sollst nicht wählen, Leo Baeck Institute, r (f) DD 232.5 A7 1963 [II.5].