Image: DEUTSCHE NATURGESCHICHTE (GERMAN NATURAL HISTORY)
(Berlin, Germany, 1891 - 1968, East Berlin)

DEUTSCHE NATURGESCHICHTE (GERMAN NATURAL HISTORY), from AIZ, vol. 13, no. 33, August 16, 1934, back cover (page 536) , 1934

Photogravure
15 in. x 10 in. (38.1 cm x 25.4 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
1979.23
The Weimar Republic’s caterpillar, Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925), was its first president (1919-1925).  In the republic’s second stage of development, President Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934) shifted power from the parliament to the presidency.  He is the sleepy chrysalis, who hangs from the withered German oak like a puppet. First elected in 1925, the aged Hindenburg held office in name only after the passing of the Enabling Act in March 1933.  When he died on August 2, 1934, Hitler declared himself Führer and grabbed all the reins of government.  This issue of AIZ, published two weeks after von Hindenburg’s death, included an article assessing him; this montage was on the back cover.

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