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John Heartfield

GLEICHE BRÜDER GLEICHE MÖRDER (LIKE BROTHERS LIKE MURDERERS)

(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

1991.35

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While the Brownshirts were the German SA, the Blackshirts were the paramilitary group organized by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) to support his Fascist movement in Italy. The montage’s title plays off a proverbial German saying “Like brothers, like caps,” which is similar to “like father, like son” or “birds of a feather flock together.” Rudolf Hess (1894-1987) became deputy leader of the Nazi Party in April 1933. The Nazi shown in the image, however, is Julius Streicher (1885-1946), founder and editor of the anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper The Attacker.

Keywords
Photomontage
Propaganda
Germany
World War II
Commercial Art
Photogravure
Politics