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NEUER LEHRSTUHL AN DEN DEUTSCHEN UNIVERSITÄTEN VÖLKISCHE TIEFENSCHAU

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

1991.41

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Much of academia went along with the Nazis once they gained power. The superiority of the Aryan race was a central tenet of the Nazis, who saw history as a biologically determined struggle between races. In 1931, the SS established an office to conduct racial research. Völkisch (of the people) had national, racial and anti-Semitic connotations. The German word for corn is Hühnerauge, literally “chicken’s eye.” Thus only the German corn has a “profound view” and can “see into the future.” Heartfield, who had recently fled to Prague, changed his usual creditline to read “Original photograph from the Teutonic backwoods by John Heartfield.”

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World War II