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Deutsche Eicheln 1933 (German acorns 1933)

John Heartfield

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

1933

Photogravure

14 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (37.47 cm x 26.04 cm)

Gift of Roger R. Smith

1991.26

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The oak tree and its leaf are German national symbols, historically associated with patriotism and military prowess. An old proverb suggests that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. The mighty German oak yields a bountiful harvest of nuts. Its “acorns” are bombs capped by helmets that identify them as soldiers from the country’s imperial past up through – now that Hitler is caring for the tree – the Nazi present. This montage preceded an article about the Nazi militarization of children called “How They Poison the Young.”

Keywords
Commercial Art
Germany
Photogravure
Photomontage
Politics
Propaganda
World War II