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Zum Krisen-Parteitag der SPD(On The SPD Party Crisis)

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On The Crisis Party Congress of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD)

As with all of Heartfield’s art, there is more to this photomontage than first meets the eye. The formal attire of the man tiger representing a politician of the SPD Party is Heartfield’s visual comment that capitalism was a key component in the corruption of the SPD.
There were three major parties in Weimar Germany before Hitler took complete control – The SPD communist party with its tacit support of the National Socialists (Nazi Party), the National Socialists, and the KPD communist party. Heartfield joined the KPD party as a young man. The KPD party was the favored political party of most influential artists and idealistic intellectuals in the Weimar Republic.
Heartfield, a lifelong pacifist, believed in his youth that war and injustice could be eliminated through communist ideals.
It is ironic that he was deported from England after the war after he begged to stay in London for “his work and his health.” This exile was most likely due to his art related to communism.
The political idealism of the young communist artist in the Weimar Republic was betrayed in many ways by the brutal East German communist regime.
The political system Heartfield believed in as a young man turned on him in his senior years and nearly ended his life. Upon his forced return to East Germany, Heartfield narrowly avoided being tried for treason because of the length of his stay and his request to remain in London. He was denied membership in the East German Academy of Arts along with the health benefits he would have received when he suffered multiple heart attacks.
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“Crisis (The Tiger Montage)”


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