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Todeskonjunktur (The Death Boom)

John Heartfield

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

1933

Photogravure

14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (37.47 cm x 26.35 cm)

Gift of Roger R. Smith

1991.37

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Civil war between the Communists and the Nationalists continued in China, where the Japanese had been occupying the northern province of Manchuria since 1931. The guns, which echo the shape of the factory smokestacks, represent major suppliers of war materiel – companies in France, England, the United States, Germany and Czechoslovakia. In 1932, a French politician publicly accused several of these firms of channeling funds to Hitler.

Keywords
Commercial Art
Germany
Photogravure
Photomontage
Politics
Propaganda
World War II