Poster refers to the Freikorps, a group formed as an auxiliary police force in post-war Germany in late 1918. The Freikorps was made up predominantly of unsettled First World War army veterans, students, and those with right-wing, nationalist tendencies. Many units of the Freikorps proved little more than violent private armies, answerable to none but their commanders as they sought to crush communist-inspired civil unrest. Nevertheless the ruling SDP viewed them as a necessary evil and ordered them to suppress left-wing insurrection in places such as Berlin, Munich, and the disputed territory of Upper Silesia (Poland).
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Kamerad, hilf mir!, Leo Baeck Institute, r (f) DD 232.5 A7 1963 [II.8].