W.A. Coupe explores the polarised opinions aroused by the 'Iron Chancellor', as revealed in the German press.
by George Grosz
W.A. Coupe on a tabloid paper as a microcosm of Weimar Germany
W.A. Coupe argues that German cartoonists ridiculed Hitler as a Chaplinesque little man, so it was easy not to take him seriously – until it was too late.
German cartoonists, explains W.A. Coupe, told in stark visual language of the growing bitterness felt by their countrymen at the terms of the 1919 Peace Treaty.
Professor W. A. Coupe suggests, on the basis of the popular cartoon of the period, that the Emperor's person was the object of sustained criticism which seemed to augur well for the future political development of Germany.