The visual power of this montage and its universal message caused it to be reproduced in several forms.
It was a 1931 AIZ cover, a 1932 poster, and this 1960 version.
The image is a visual testament to John Heartfield’s hatred of war and his description of himself as “an old pacifist.” The caption echoes the slogan that the events of the Holocaust must never be permitted to happen again.
The curator, as well as those who wrote about him, can attest to Heartfield’s love of animals and nature. It would have been difficult to him to make a more emotional statement than to impale a beautiful dove on a brutal instrument of war.