The Barbed Wit of Weimar

Mark Bryant contines his exploration of significant cartoons and caricature with a look at a German magazine that published some of the bravest satirical critiques of Hitler, bitterly attacking Nazism until 1933, and still published to the last years of the war.

For reasons that are unclear, the British have always felt that the Germans as a nation lack a sense of humour or wit – whether formal, militaristic Prussians from the north or jolly, bohemian Bavarians from the south. Also, it has frequently been claimed – and notably in this the year in which the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War was commemorated – that the great mass of the German people had  been keen supporters of Hitler and the Nazi movement from the beginning.

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