This montage was also known as "The Tiger Montage."
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) controlled Germany prior to the rise of Hitler in January, 1933. Heartfield was a member of the KPD, the party that strongly opposed the SPD and it's concessions towards the Nazi Party.
Like the majority of Heartfield's political art, there is more to this image than first meets the eye. The formal attire of the tiger man who represents a politician of the SPD Party is Heartfield's statement that capitalism was a key component in the corruption of the SPD. The almost hidden swastika on the tiger man's tie pin is a subtle visual cue of the Nazi Party's influence over the SPD.