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John Heartfield

So ward aus Hugenberg der Hugenzwerg

(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

1991.22

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Alfred Hugenberg (1865-1951) was a German industrialist and media magnate who used his newspapers and radio stations to preach nationalism. He became head of a political party that made tactical alliances with the Nazi party and was appointed Hitler’s first minister of economics and agriculture on January 30, 1933. In June he was forced to resign and his political party was disbanded by Nazi pressure, represented here by the swastika-shaped lightning. The balloons summarize Hugenberg’s political career. Heartfield puns with Hugenberg’s name, rhyming Berg (mountain) with Zwerg (dwarf).

Keywords
Propaganda
World War II
Photomontage
Photogravure
Germany
Politics
Commercial Art