Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi by Jonathan Petropoulos

By Jonathan Petropoulos

“What are we to make of these cultural figures, many with major foreign reputations, who attempted to discover lodging with the Nazi regime?” Jonathan Petropoulos asks during this exploration of a few of the main acute ethical questions of the 3rd Reich. In his nuanced research of favorite German artists, architects, composers, movie administrators, painters, and writers who rejected exile, picking out as a substitute to stick in the course of Germany’s darkest interval, Petropoulos exhibits how participants variously handled the regime’s public competition to trendy paintings. His findings explode the parable that each one glossy artists have been anti-Nazi and all Nazis anti-modernist.
Artists lower than Hitler heavily examines instances of artists who failed of their makes an attempt to discover lodging with the Nazi regime (Walter Gropius, Paul Hindemith, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Barlach, Emil Nolde) in addition to others whose hope for legitimate recognition was once learned (Richard Strauss, Gustaf Gründgens, Leni Riefenstahl, Arno Breker, Albert Speer). jointly those ten figures light up the advanced cultural heritage of Nazi Germany, whereas separately they supply haunting graphics of individuals facing excruciating offerings and grave ethical questions.

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