Tag Archives: Fascism

1943: Self-Portrait

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Heinz Geiringer was a Jewish teenager in Amsterdam when the Nazis invaded the city in 1940. For two years, the family lived in hiding, with Heinz’s sister and mother separating from him and … Continue reading

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1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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1946: Fight That Man!

The Challenger—a tough-talking comic book hero from the 1940’s who fights fascism at home: “The man who wants to smash the unions or attack racial or religious minorities is a fascist! Never forget that, and never forget to fight that … Continue reading

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1991: Time’s Arrow

In Martin Amis’s 1991 novel, Time’s Arrow, time flows backwards. It’s not simply that the events are narrated in reverse order; rather, it’s as if the characters were in a film being show in reverse. Here’s how eating works, for … Continue reading

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1944: World’s Most Beautiful Leg

Nazi Propaganda Poster (1944)

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1941: Degenerate Art

Emil Nolde: Meer bei Abenddämmerung [Sea at Dusk] An anti-Semite who believed in the cultural superiority of “Germanic” art and supported the Nazi Party beginning in the 1920’s, Emil Nolde was surprised when his own paintings were targeted in the … Continue reading

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1940: Resistance

Hand-cranked mimeograph machine used by the Belgian resistance to produce underground newspapers and pamphlets during the Nazi occupation. (source)

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