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John Heartfield

Das Kreuz war noch nicht schwer genug

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

1933

Photogravure

14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (37.6 x 26.2 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Roger R. Smith

1991.15

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Hitler was attempting to merge the German Protestant and Catholic churches into a single state church. The figure of Christ may have been taken from a photograph of a painting by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), whose ecclesiastical art was popular in the nineteenth century. The Nazi inelegantly transforming the cross into a swastika is Rudolf Diels (1900-1957), founding chief of the Gestapo (contracted from Geheime Staatspolizei), which was the Secret State Police.

Keywords
Photomontage
Germany
World War II
Propaganda
Commercial Art
Politics
Photogravure