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John Heartfield

Zum Brandstifter - Prozess in Leipzig (At the arsonist trial in Leipzig)

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

1933

Photogravure

14 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (37.6 x 26.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Roger R. Smith

1991.18

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The colloquial expression used by Heartfield, sich winden wie ein Aal (literally, to wriggle like an eel), means to energetically try to avoid telling the truth. The snakes entwine to form the shape of the paragraph sign used in German law books. This montage was related to the issue’s cover, which showed one of the defendants, Georgi Dimitrov (1882-1949), being escorted by two guards. It was titled “Dimitrov before the court: in this trial I am not the debtor, but the creditor!”

Keywords
Photogravure
Politics
Propaganda
World War II
Germany
Photomontage
Commercial Art