How the photomontage art of John Heartfield, a contemporary and friend of Brecht, warned the world of the rise of Nazism.
In the 1930s the Nazis were gaining ground in Europe. Many chose to ignore or had a laissez faire attitude to the National Socialist policy of expansionism, known as Lebensraum or the threat of war that Germany now posed to the world. John Heartfield (above, doing Hitler's hair), a German citizen born Helmut Herzfeld, was one who chose to criticize the regime through art. He produced a remarkable series of photomongages (decades before Photoshop it should be noted), the audacity of which can still astonish today.
Blood and Iron
Hitler Prepares to Kill the French Cockerel
The Butter is Gone
The German Oak Tree
The Middle Ages and the Third Reich
The House That Hitler Built
Peace and Fascism