Jews, Art, and History

Neil Levi

in Modernist Form and the Myth of Jewification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780823255061
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780823260867 | DOI:
Jews, Art, and History

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This chapter analyzes the 1937 Nazi exhibition of “Degenerate Art.” It argues that “Degenerate Art” needs to be understood not (only) as pointing forward to the genocidal policies of the 1940s but back to the period of history—Weimar Republic Germany—from which the Nazis claim to have saved the German people. The works on display in “Degenerate Art” are not meant to present the Germans with the face of a Jewish alien other but to teach them to find abject their own past Judaized selves.

Keywords: Nazis; art exhibits; degeneracy; Weimar Republic; Germans

Chapter.  14151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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