Der Sinn von Genf
The Meaning of Geneva is one of Heartfield's most famous montages.
The impaled dove of peace is presented before the building housing the League of Nations. A swastika replaces the Swiss flag.
In religious terms, the dove can symbolize the Holy Spirit or the human soul. In the story of Noah's Ark, the dove, olive branch in mouth, is a peace symbol.
Heartfield's goal is to awaken the world to Hitler's expanding power through worldwide financial support.
Curator's Note: My grandfather loved all animals and nature. The brutality of this image was surely a personal and highly emotional statement.