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Gesang der Antisemiten

John Heartfield

(Berlin, Germany, 1891 - 1968, East Berlin)

1935

Photogravure

14 7/8 in. x 20 7/8 in. (37.78 cm x 53.02 cm)

Gift of Roger R. Smith

1991.13

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On September 15, after a summer rife with anti-Semitic assaults, vandalism and boycotts, national anti-Semitic laws were enacted. By showing a range of people heartily singing, Heartfield suggests that the average citizen, not just Nazi Party members, supported these policies. Heartfield’s montage is the back of the publication, the issue’s cover is an anonymous documentary image of American social unrest showing California strikers who have been tarred and feathered by “public forces.”

Keywords
Commercial Art
Germany
Photogravure
Photomontage
Politics
Propaganda
World War II