Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: John Heartfield’s Art Depicted the Murderous Nature of Hitler’s Nazi State

A German born opponent of Nazi Germany, John Heartfield’s political art parodied the pretensions of Hitler’s regime and deconstructed its murderous nature. Below is a man set on a medieval wheel of torture turned into a swastika:

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More John Heartfield images here.

And here is a man at Auschwitz, apparently shot on the barbed wire of a fence, and left to hang there:

9rr machine gunned and left to hang auschwitz


More “Bearing Witness to the Holocaust” images here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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