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Kleiner SA - Heldenbilderbogen (Small picture sheet of SA heroes)

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

1991.39

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Hitler’s private army, the SA (Sturm Abteilung or Storm Section, also known as Brownshirts), had over 400,000 members and was responsible for daily acts of street violence. This page illustrates a story about an SA demonstration and Communist counterdemonstration in a Berlin neighborhood that included Bülowplatz, site of the Communist Party headquarters. AIZ reported that the SA “conquered” empty streets already under police protection. The demonstrators in the upper right disparage Hitler, who replies with a Nazi song. At the lower left is SA leader Ernst Röhm, who was openly homosexual. He was killed on Hitler’s orders as part of the 1934 purge, the ”Night of the Long Knives.”

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Commercial Art
Germany
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Politics
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World War II