“Millions Stand Behind Him”

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ANTI-NAZI poster, denouncing the German industrialists’ support for the Nazis

BACKGROUND: Here is a magazine cover designed by the German artist John Heartfield, a pioneer artist and socialist at heart, created in 1932 that showed his satirical approach against the Nazis who controlled Germany. He took a photo of Hitler saluting and combined it with an image of a fat capitalist to connote the greediness, cheap tricks and hidden agenda of Nazism. Inserted with the caption “The Meaning of the Hitler Salute” the photograph belittles Hitler’s claim that millions stand behind him. The subtitle at the bottom proclaiming “Little Man Begs for Large Gifts” also plays on Hitler’s vanity for being a man of small stature and big greed.

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