Cartoon by Szewczuk on the Schuman Plan (13 May 1950)

‘Love and coal’. On 13 May 1950, German cartoonist Mirko Szewczuk illustrates the impact of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May, which paves the way to closer cooperation between France and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). From left to right: French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman (depicted as Marianne wearing a Phrygian cap) and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (as the German Michel) flirt together on a coal heap, while behind them the Kohlenklau continues his work. The Kohlenklau refers to a coal thief cartoon character created during the Second World War in Germany to urge people not to waste available energy resources. In the post-war context, the image of the coal thief is used to criticise the role played by French mining companies that mine coal in the Saar and send it to France.

Source and copyright

Source: SZEWCZUK, Mirko "Liebe und Kohle" dans Die Welt. Unabhängige Tageszeitung. Hamburg: Die Welt. 13.05.1950, n°111, 5. Jg.

Copyright: (c) Mirko Szewczuk

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Cartoon by Szewczuk on the Schuman Plan (13 May 1950)