Image: S.M. Adolf. Ich führe Euch herrlichen Pleiten entgegen! (His Majesty Adolph)
(Berlin, Germany, 1891 - 1968, East Berlin)

S.M. Adolf. Ich führe Euch herrlichen Pleiten entgegen! [His Majesty Adolph. I lead you toward splendid bankrupcies!], from AIZ  Vol. 11, Number 34, August 21, 1932, page 795. , 1932

Photogravure
14 3/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (36.51 cm x 26.99 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
1979.20
When this cover appeared, Hitler was licking his wounds from a political setback on August 13.  Heartfield gives Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) the upturned mustache, plumed helmet and uniform of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany’s last emperor.  Heartfield updates Wilhelm’s empty World War I promise, “I lead you toward splendid times!”  The motto on the “Blue Max” flying medal has been changed from “For Merit” to “For Profit.”

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