5 Finger hat die Hand(5 Fingers Has The Hand)

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5 Fingers Has The Hand


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However, in 1928 Germany, there was no doubt that between the KPD and The Nazis, the communists were surely the lesser of two evils. An election that would determine the course of German history was approaching. The KPD was in desperate need of a symbol to inspire Germans to vote for the five KPD candidates.

Heartfield stood up in a meeting to declare there was nothing more powerful than the human hand when the five fingers work together. The hand was a perfect symbol to oppose Hitler (or any dictator).

John Heartfield waited outside a factory. He had his photographer take photo after photo of worker’s hands until the exact image that was needed was captured.